4 Jun 2018
4:41 pm

People who plan to travel to Vietnam and Hainan Island of China during June 5-8 should check the weather before their departure, the Thai Meteorological Department warned today.

The department said in an announcement that as of 10am today the tropical depression over the middle South China Sea was centred about 250 kilometres east of Danang, Vietnam. It is moving slowly in the northerly direction with maximum sustained winds of about 55km/hour and will be over Hainan Island, China, during June 5-8.

 

People who plan to travel to Vietnam and Hainan Island during this period are advised to check the weather forecast before their departure.  However, the storm is having no direct impact on Thailand.

 

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon continues to prevail over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand. This will cause more rain and isolated heavy rain in the North, Northeast, the Central, the East and the South during this period.

4 Jun 2018
3:02 pm

Supreme Commander Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan today denied claims that the Defence Ministry’s satellite project would be for spying.

 

Mr Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the so-called Association for the Protection of the Constitution, on Sunday issued a statement to oppose the ministry’s military satellite programme which he claimed would involve acquiring 112 small “Theia” satellites with a budget of 91.2 billion baht under a 2018-2027 strategic plan on space affairs.
The satellites were capable of spying on people  which would violate the privacy rights and freedom of the people, he said in the statement.
Gen Thanchaiyan said the Defence Ministry has been working on a satellite project for more than 10 years with the Air Force’s space centre commissioned to carry out related studies.   The plan is for the Defence Ministry to have its own satellites through co-invesments with the private sector.
He insistsed that the satellites will be designed to benefit the country and will not be usesd exclusively for military purposes.
The supreme commander tried to allay concerns that the satellite would be for spying, claiming the use of every system has its limitations.
He said the project is still under study and no concrete resolution has been reached.
Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich, the Defence Ministry’s spokesman, said the ministry was conducting a study on the possibility of acquiring a new satellite because its contract for use of the Thaicom satellite would expire in 2021.
The satellite would be used by all government agencies for aerial photography, telecommunications and space surveillances, he said.

4 Jun 2018
2:11 pm

 

Thai PBS’s reporter Patthraporn Tunngarm describes how she uncovered a graft scandal involving the government-supported school lunch programme. Its exposure has led to a nation-wide probe.

By Patthraporn Tunngarm

In the course of my three plus years of covering the Akara Resources Public Company’s Chatree gold mine operations in the lower northern province of Phichit, I made countless visits to the province, including three visits this year, and talked to quite a few people physically affected by impacts from pollutants allegedly leaked into the environment. 

I also managed to befriend several local people who, of late, approached me and asked whether I was interested to dig into alleged corruption concerning the free school lunch programme for kindergarten and primary education schools in Phichit. 

The programme is funded by the Department of local Administration Promotion.  Each student was allocated a 20-baht budget a day for lunch at school, but the management of the fund is under the responsibility of the director of each school who uses the budget to buy raw materials to prepare food for the children and to arrange for cooks to prepare the meals. 

My journalistic instinct was suddenly aroused.  How could I refuse such an offer?  But then I was not sure how much information I could get to make a story out of it.  But it was worth a trial anyway. 

Without a second thought, myself and my colleague then headed for Taparn Hin District township to meet the potential ”whistle blower”, a Mr Tattham Sritha, a deputy director of a school in the district. 

An interview was conducted with Mr Tattham who exposed an impressive account of what he alleged as stealing from the children. 

He cited, for an example, the purchase of raw materials to prepare lunch for the children at a school on June 5-9 last year.  There were 569 students in the school, including 166 kindergarten children and 403 students from Prathom 1-6. 

According to the purchase list of June 5, 50 kgs of “pla krai” fish meat were bought at 90 baht a kg, but actually there were only 20 kgs and 30 kgs short. 

There were more suspected irregularities.  On June 8, the list showed 50 kgs of long bean were bought at 30 baht a kg, but there were only 15 kgs to prepare food for the kids and 35 kgs went missing without reason.  Also on the same day, 60 kgs of cabbage were bought at 30 baht a kg, but 50 kgs went missing. 

Mr Tattham who was then put in charge of checking the vegetables and meal which were bought each day insisted that nothing were shown to him to be checked during the June 5-9 period last year.  But when he complained to the school director, he was curtly told to just quit his job to oversee the inventory. 

“Just imagine how much money was involved.  It was not just 100 grammes of pork which went missing which could be understandable.  But 30 kgs of pork went missing each day.  Vegetables were even worse,” said the deputy director. 

But Thai PBS team of investigative reporters found out that it was not just about the missing raw materials which did not match with the figures shown in the purchase lists of each day, the prices of almost every item of product bought from the local cooperative which was appointed by the school to procure products for the school were inflated as shown in the receipts of the cooperatives dated May 6-18 last year. 

Thai PBS exposure of suspected corruption in the school lunch programme of a school in Taparn Hin district of Phichit has led to an investigation by the  National Anti-Corruption Commission’s office in Phichit after two complainants filed complaints with the office. 

Mr Natthavuth Songpradit, head of the NACC’s Phichit office, said that his officials had already questioned eight traders as witnesses who claimed that they didn’t sign the receipts when they accepted payments from the school. 

He said officials were checking whether the signatures in the receipts were fabricated or not, adding that about nine officials might be implicated in the alleged corruption. 

Taparn Hin municipal administration also conducted its own probe and would summon officials concerned for questioning.  When asked about the probe by Thai PBS, the school director declined committee, insisting that everything he did was above board. 

In the aftermath of Thai PBS exposure, the director-general of the Department of Local Administration Promotion sent an urgent circular to all provincial governors to tighten up their oversight of school lunch programme in more than 1,600 schools and over 19,000 nurseries under the department’s jurisdiction. 

The governors were also told to open space for parents to get involved in the checking of materials bought to prepare lunch for school children to ensure that the food they ate are safe, healthy and adequate. 

4 Jun 2018
1:13 pm

Admitting that he is breaking his promise to stay away from politics, former key leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) Suthep Thuagsuban has jumped back into the political arena as a key founder of the Ruampalang Prachachart Thai party which many believe is being set up to support Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to power after the general elections.

Suthep insisted that he will not contest in the elections but “will serve public interest”.

Mr. Suthep showed up along with the other founding members at the first meeting of the Ruampalang Prachachart Thai party on Sunday. The other founding members include former Bank of Thailand governor M.R. Chatumongkol Sonakul, former member of the National Reform Council Prasarn Marukapitak, vice dean of the Social Innovations Faculty of Rangsit University Suriyasai Katasila and Anek Laothammatat, former chairman of the political reform committee.

Mr Suthep told party members that he had talked with a wide range of people about joining a “real party of the people” and found several of them never expecting that they would actually enter politics. He cited the case of M.R. Chatumongkol whom he described as “a loud-mouthed official who dislikes politicians.”

He said the former central bank governor approached him to ask whether there were people who seriously wanted to set up a political party with the goal of serving public interest because he didn’t think there would be this kind of people since the mass protests in 2014.

The former Democrat heavyweight said he was very politically cautious after he resigned as an MP in 2013 to launch the mass protests against the Yingluck government. At that time he vowed not to contest an election or to accept any political post.

“But when our brothers who share similar ideology wanted to set up a party which will truly serve public interest , I knew that I must join them although I also

knew that I am a weak point of the party that will be subject to criticism that I swallowed my own words,” he said, adding that, from now on, he will not be in the background “but will stand alongside with the people”.

At one point Suthep was seen fighting back tears as he recalled the sufferings of many people joining the mass protests which he led and were subject to violent attacks by unknown militants.

Once the ban on political activities is lifted by the junta, Suthep said he would embark on a nation-wide campaign for the party. Suthep said that on his campaign trail, he will be wearing the same pair of his trademark sneakers which he used during the protests against the Yingluck administration in 2014.

Suthep’s latest political stunt has drawn criticisms from his critics. Key members of Pheu Thai Party chastised him for going back on his words and having hidden political agenda from the start.

4 Jun 2018
1:08 pm

Besides the crystal clear water and white sand, the Petra Island of the Petra Islands marine park in the southern-most province of Satun boasts a unique colourful stone beach filled with pebbles of diverse colours – hence its fitting name the “Five Coloured” stone beach.

The colourful stone beach covers just a small stripe of the beaches of the Petra island. It is located near the Khao Toh Ngai checkpoint. The colourful pebbles are usually submerged, but they come into full view to wow most visitors especially during the low tide.

Most of the pebbles on the beach are of five colours:

Red pebbles which are believed to date back to about 500 million years ago of the Cambrian Period. The red colour came from iron-oxide in the pebbles.

The grey or blue pebbles came from limestone formation of the Ertovixien Period which was said to be about 470 million years ago and the colour stemmed from alien matters in the pebbles.

The yellow or brown pebbles are eroded sandstone whereas the white pebbles which are quite common in most beaches are mainly quartz.

The “Five Coloured” stone beach is a part of the Satun Geopark, the first of its kind in Thailand which was endorsed by Unesco in April this year. The geopark covers four districts of Thung Wa, Manang, La-Ngu and Muang.

As with all Unesco global geoparks, the Satun Geopark has been granted the Unesco status for a 4-year period from this year until 2021 after which a re-validation process will take place.

Satun Geopark boasts a diverse abundance of fossils from the Paleozoic Era as well as diversified Karst topography. There is also evidence of submerged

landscape dating back more than 500 million years, a time when early organisms thrived. It is also home to Thailand’s largest cave, Phu Pha cave.

4 Jun 2018
12:57 pm

The second pilot whale has succumbed to its death after it was kept for treatment and observation for four days by a team of veterinarians and villagers who tried their best to save its life.

Photo: ThaiWhales’ Facebook page

The vets later cut open the whale’s stomach and they were shocked by the finding in the stomach – 85 plastic bags weigh about eight kilogrammes which were the cause of its death like several other dolphins and sea turtles which were earlier found dead because of plastic bags in their stomachs.

The 4.5 metre long pilot whale beached on the shore in Klong Natap, Tambon Natap, Chana district of Songkhla on May 29.  Villagers and vets from the marine and coastal resources research centre caught the mammal and put it in a stretcher floating in the sea to prevent it from drowning and, at the same time, to facilitate care and treatment.

But they could not save the beast.  Four days after, it died.

Photo: ThaiWhales’ Facebook page

The followings are an account of the final day of the poor whale which was posted on Facebook page of ThbaiWhales:

“May 31, I got up between 2-3 am to change shift with Mor Big (a vet) from the marine and coalstal resources research centre in Phuket.  Mor Big told Mor Aeh, another vet, who was resting in a tent that the whale’s condition appear to be improving.

“May 31, the team got up at about dawn with the vets preparing medicine and to assess the beast’s condition as officials take turns to lift up the whale.   Weather is good, but very sunny.  Mor Big walks up with a piece of plastic bag soaked in stinking fluid – the same foul smell when a whale was cut up.  He said the whale shook violently and then he found this plastic bag, but no one was sure whether it came out of the whale’s mouth or not.  But then everyone in the tent started to understand the cause of the whale’s sickness.

“In the afternoon, the vet on duty shouted from the sea that the whale’s condition has worsened, shaking violently.  Almost everyone was in the water to help out…in that moment of life.”

Photo: ThaiWhales’ Facebook page

The three vets tried to administer medicine while about ten people were in the sea water to keep the whale from shaking which might cause water to flow into its blowhold to the extent that it might choke.

But the whale shook violently trying to throw out the plastic bags inside its stomach.  In the meantime, the vets tried to help the whale throw out.

Photo: ThaiWhales’ Facebook page

Another ThaiWhales’ Facebook page post said an official observed the whale’s breathing and didn’t feel it was breathing for up to 10 minutes. Another official then shouted to report that he didn’t feel the pulse of the whale.  A CPR was later administered using a special device.  A few more CPR were administered, but the life sign didn’t return.

The whale remains breatheless and everyone removed the rope tied around the whale and tried to bring it ashore to save its life.  But it didn’t respond and its heart stopped beating.

4 Jun 2018
12:28 pm

Former assistant abbot of Wat Samphanthawongsaram Phra Phrommedhi, who is wanted on embezzlement charges, has been arrested in Germany after having escaped an arrest warrant in Thailand two weeks ago via the Laotian border.

Phra Phrommedhi, now known as Chamnong Dhammajari after he was stripped of monastic rank by His Majesty the King, was reported to have failed in passing an immigration check at Frankfurt airport after German immigration authorities were alerted of the arrest warrant issued by Thai Interpol.

According to Thai Interpol, they had alerted several foreign countries via Interpol that Phra Phrommedhi was a wanted fugitive.

Phra Phrommedhi and several other high-ranking monks are accused of embezzling state funds for temples. Five senior monks were stripped of monastic ranks by the King, and five have been arrested on May 24.

Phra Prommedhi and former abbot of Wat Sa Ket Phra Phromsitti, however, managed to escape.

But Phra Phromsitti, now known only as Thongchai Sukkho, turned himself up to police last week.

However, Phra Phrommedhi had escaped via the Laotian border from Nakhon Phanom with help from his disciple.

The disciple who is a local businesswoman was detained for questioning by police.

According to her confession, she helped the monk cross over the Mekong River from Nakhon Phanom to Laos and from there to Cambodia and Vietnam. From the Ho Chi Minh airport, he boarded a flight to Qatar. And from Qatar, he flew to Germany.

30 Apr 2018
9:31 pm

The military has prepared a handbook on crowd control to be distributed to officials on the ground to brace for a rally planned to be staged by the pro-election activists on May 5 and May 19-22 to mark the 4th year anniversary of the coup in 2014.

Besides the handbook on crowd control which will conform with international standard practice, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who is in charge of security affairs also instructed the military to coordinate with the Justice Ministry to ensure that the military’s operation does not go against the principle of human rights.

Mr Rangsiman Rome, core leader of the pro-election activists, said that the rally would be the biggest the group had ever held to commemorate the coup in 2014 and the activists would stay overnight at the protest site.

Rangsiman Rome

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said that the military would employ the “Korakot 52” plan to deal with the protest while the Bangkok’s peace-keeping force would be on alert in barracks and would be deployed once the situation warrants their deployment.

He said that the government was not worried with the protest and was confident that the protest would be peaceful and would not spiral out of control like the Black May event in 1992.

30 Apr 2018
8:33 pm

Twelve of 14 men who fired gunshots into a roadside bushes during a wedding ceremony in Khao Chaison district of Phatthalung province on April 23 turned themselves in today (April 30) to the district police to acknowledge the charge of firing guns in public.

The suspects told the police they took turns to fire six guns into the bushes and they recorded video clips of the course of shooting in order to keep them as a memory.  They said they spent about 40 bullets in the shootings.

The six guns were also handed over to the police.

They also said the two others were travelling to upcountry provinces and would surrender in the near future.

Pol Col Trivit Sriprapa, the deputy commander of the provincial police, said although the suspects confessed and apologized for their brazen act, police would still charge them with firing guns in public without good reason.

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30 Apr 2018
6:04 pm

Prominent labour rights activist and former editor of Voice of Taksin magazine Somyot Prueksakasemsuk had his first taste of freedom after he was freed from jail this morning (April 30), having served his seven-year imprisonment on lese majeste charge.

Mr Somyot who was former core leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or the red-shirt movement, was embraced by his son and daughter who were at the exit gate of Bangkok Special Prison to welcome him.

After his release from prison, he briefly told the media in front of the prison that he would carry on with his political activity to demand the restoration of democracy.  He added that he would write a book about his hard life and mistreatments behind bars.

Somyot was arrested by immigration officials at Aranyaprathet border checkpoint on April 30, 2011 after he was charged by the Department of Special Investigation with lese majeste over an article in the Voice of Taksin magazine written by Mr Jakrapob Penkair under the pseudonym of Chit Polachan.

During the court trial, Somyot, then the magazine editor admitted to the court that he didn’t read every article to be printed, including the one by Chit Polachan, because the latter was a wellknown figure, a former minister and reliable. He also defended that Chit’s article did not offend the Monarchy as charged, but was critical of the feudal system.

On January 23, 2013, the Criminal Court found Somyot guilty of lese majese and sentenced him to ten years in jail.  But during the trial of the lese majeste case, the fomer UDD core leader was jailed one year for defaming Gen Saprang Kalayanamit, so the combined sentence of the two cases was increased to 11 years.

The Supreme Court upheld Somyos’s lese majeste conviction on February 23 last year, but commuted the 10-year jailterm to six years which he had fully served on April 30, 2017.  But he continued to be locked up behind bars to serve the one-year jailterm on the defamation conviction against Gen Saprang until April 30 which was the last day of his imprisonment.

30 Apr 2018
11:16 am

A chief monk at Tha Utane district of Nakhon Phanom province had been defrocked for visiting a Karaoke club in Mukdaharn province in civilian clothes.

The chief monk was identified as Phra Maha Samai Sithichayo, the chief monk at Tha Utane district.

According to Mukdaharn police, they inspected a karaoke parlour last Friday night on a routine inspection of night entertainment venues, and came across a visitor inside the parlour.

The man resembled a chief monk in Tha Utane district who a police officer in the payrol team was familiar with.

The officer then took his picture and sent it to his police colleagues at Tha Utane to confirm.

They later confirmed the man was actually the chief monk at Tha Utane district identified as Phra Maha Samai Sithichayo.

The chief monk was later escorted to Wat Sribunruang temple and defrocked by senior monk on the same night.

Interviews with local residents by Thai PBS in Tha Utane showed most of them didn’t believe the chief monk visited the Karaoke parlour reasoning he was a social worker and developer who never had such inappropriate behaviour.

But a novice who had close association with the chief monk said on Friday night he was called to accompany the chief monk to Mukdaharn.

The chief monk didn’t tell him what he would be doing there, saying only that his brother would arrive at 8.00pm to pick them up to Mukdaharn.

The chief monk was dropped at a petrol station in Mukdaharn, he said.

He added that it was until in the morning when he heard that the chief monk was caught at a karaoke parlour and was defrocked.

 

 

 

 

 

30 Apr 2018
10:54 am

Bangkok- Khanom bus ran off Highway 41 and crashed into roadside tree injuring about 20 passengers on Monday morning.

The bus from Bangkok was on the way to Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat with 36 passengers when it slid off the highway in Chaya district of Surat Thani at 5.00am, and crashed into tree by the roadside and flipped over.

 

About 20 passengers were injured.

Rescue and relief officials were alerted and arrived at the scene shortly afterwards. All were admitted to Chaiya and Thachana hospitals for treatment.

Bus driver Somsak Jaijang, 55, claimed a 10-wheeler cut in his right lane too close in overtaking his bus, forcing him to swerve to the left to avoid hitting it.

The bus then slid off and fell into the ditch before striking a tree and flipping over.

But highway police said they suspected his claim as GPS tracking system of the bus showed he drove over restricted speed limit twice before the incident.

Besides they also found no tyre traces that showed the bus driver had applied the braking system before it went off the road.

He was booked for speeding, police said.

29 Apr 2018
10:12 pm

A medical doctor and his girlfriend are next to be summoned by the police for interrogation for their role in promoting Magic Skin slimming food supplement products.

The national deputy police chief Pol Gen Veerachai Songmetta

The national deputy police chief, Pol Gen Veerachai Songmetta, said Sunday that said that summonses had already been issued for Dr Piyapong Hovilailuck, better known as Doctor Bond Take Me Out, and Ms Paveena Namsongkram for questioning.

He alleged that the two were with one of the eight arrested suspects, Mr Kasit Worachington, to help promote Magic Skin products through Mr Kasit’s Facebook page.

He said the three were required to report to the police for interrogation on May 11.

Pol Gen Veerachai hinted that the conduct of Dr Piyapong and Ms Paveena in promoting the products could be considered to be giving false statement to mislead the public – an office which is liable to three years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of 30,000 baht.

He described the duo as celebrities who are wellknown among the public from their “Take Me Out” TV programme which has a large following in the social media circle.

 

29 Apr 2018
10:00 pm

An official of the Water Resources Department is facing abrupt dismissal after she was caught together with three other people with about 400,000 methamphitamine pills in a car.

The official, 33-year Ms Punyanuch Boonchit and three other individuals namely Mr Samai Oonjai, 40, Ms Benjaporn Limsuwan, 28, and 33-year old Mr Monchai Maneenop were in two cars – one Toyota Camry and a Nissan Teana – parked at the car park of Tesco Lotus in Hat Yai when border patrol policemen swooped in on them.

A search of the two cars uncovered 400,000 methamphitamine pills.

Mr Samai later told police during the interrogation there were more illicit drugs hidden at a safe house in Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani. Then the border policemen coordinated with the First Region provincial police and Thanyaburi police to conduct a search of the house which uncovered an addition of 656,000 methamphitamine pills.

Pol Cpt Somchai Khuadthong, narcotics police chief BPP 42nd subdivision, said that the major drug bust was the result of three-month investigation and surveillance of this drug gang until they got a tipoff that a substantial consignment of drugs would be delivered to the gang at the car park ofTesco Lotus’s Hat Yai branch.

He said that the gang would usually travel in two cars with one acting as a scout car. He added that Ms Punyanuch would travel in the other car and she would be the person who would use her status as an official ask police not to search their cars.

Meanwhile, Water Resources Department chief Mr Worasart Apaipong said he had been notified of Ms Punyanuch’s arrest by the police and would immediately order her dismissal from the service.

 

29 Apr 2018
9:43 pm

The national deputy police chief Pol Gen Chalermkiart Srivorakhan has ordered the Phatthalung provincial police commander to immediately collect evidence in order to seek court’s warrant for the arrest a group of guests who fired more than 40 shots at a wedding ceremony in the province on April 23.

Reasoning that firing guns in public may endanger the other people, Pol Gen Chalermkiart also instructed the Phatthalung police to find out whether the guns used by the wedding guests were registered or not and whether any of the gunmen had ever committed a crime.

Earlier, the provincial police commander, Pol Maj-Gen Thakoon Netpukkana said he would summoned the gunmen to acknowledge the charges against them which include arms possession and carrying guns in public without a license and firing guns in public without reasons.

However, Pol Lt-Gen Chalermkiart has wanted them to be arrested immediately.

The incident took place in Khao Chaison district on April 23.

 

29 Apr 2018
8:17 am

Thailand has demanded Vietnam to lift what it alleged as discriminatory import restriction on cars exported to Vietnam, including cars from Thailand.

The issue was been raised with the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee of the World Trade Organization by the Commerce Ministry in coordination with the United States, Japan and European Union.

Foreign Trade Department director-general Mrs Oramon Sapthaveetham said that Vietnam’s technical barrier was discriminatory and gave favour to cars assembled in Vietnam at the disadvantage to imported cars, which does not conform with WTO agreement.

She pointed out that the restriction which came into force as of January requiring every shipment of imported cars to go through environmental and safety standard inspections  caused unnecessary delay and increased cost for car exporters.

She said that the matter had been raised with Vietnam at bilateral and multi-lateral forums in order to solve the problem in conformity with WTO rules.

Despite positive sign from Vietnam after about 2,000 cars from Thailand have been allowed into the country, Mrs Oramon said the restriction has caused unnecessary delay and uncertainty among exporters.

She, however, said the same issue would be raised at the Thai-Vietnam JTC in June.

Last year, Thailand exported 37,000 cars worth 20 billion baht into Vietnam regarded as a major car export market of Thailand.

 

28 Apr 2018
9:21 pm

The power to sign off a crime case file to be proceeded to the public prosecutors will in the future rest with the chief inquiry officer of each police station instead of the superintendent of the station as it has been the case for years.

Mr Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, spokesman of the panel charged with scrutinizing the National Police Reform Bill, said Saturday (April 28) that the panel agreed to amend the bill, which will see the authority to sign off a crime case file prepared by police inquiry officers at every police station to be transferred from the superintendent of a station to a chief inquiry officer of the same station.

The power shift is meant to guarantee the independence and professionalism of police inquiry officers, said Mr Kamnoon, adding that the amended bill will seek to create a new post for the chief inquiry officer at each police station besides the superintendent who is the chief of the station.

However, he said an internal check-and-balance mechanism would be introduced with the creation of a new post for a senior inquiry officer who will oversee the work performance of the chief inquiry officers.

As for external check-and-balance mechanism, Mr Kamnoon said the issue would be further discussed.

On top of that, he said that the panel pondering the possibility of officers working in technical fields such as forensic, science and education which is unrelated to crime suppression and prevention to be policemen that have no rankings.

28 Apr 2018
8:58 pm

Two horses at a farm in Pran Buri district of Prachuap Khiri Khan have been placed under close watch following the death of a horse at the farm after it was bitten by a dog in February.

Mr Boonmee Sammanee, a livestock official of Pran Buri district, said on Saturday (April 28) that the two horses at a farm in Ban Huay Salaengphan in Tambon Tataem, had been vaccinated against rabies but their conditions would be monitored continuously for about six months after the vaccination.

Although the two horses have not shown any worrying signs of being infected with rabies, he said that he could not rest assured.  He suggested that owner of the two horses and people who are in close contact with the two animals on regular basis needed to be vaccinated as well for safety reason.

For the future, Mr Boonmee said that all the horses would be vaccinated against rabies every year.

Dogs in the neighbourhood of the horse farm have been caught and quarantined to observe their conditions.

He also disclosed that a cow in Tambon Wangpong in the same district had been vaccinated and kept under water after it was bitten in one of its ear by a dog during Songkran festival. 

28 Apr 2018
4:24 pm

The central bank governor Veerathai Santiprabhob says the country’s economy has recovered strongly in the first quarter, but warned that low-income earners and farmers are still burdened with heavy household debts and need to closely monitor.

Mr Veerathai said that the national economy in the first quarter had experienced strong recovery as indicated by healthy growths in the export and tourism sector.

However, he said, rural economies are still fragile and will need to be closely monitored.

He assured that the government is not indifferent to the problem and has portioned  mid-year budget allocations to stimulate rural and grassroots level economies as well as expediting other budget allocations to the provinces.

The BOT governor also noted that farmers and low income earners are still burdened by heavy household debt.

He attributed the debt problem to drought and low agricultural produce prices which have held back rural economic recovery in many farming areas.

28 Apr 2018
1:25 pm

Train service from Bangkok’s Wong Wian Yai to Mae Klong in Samut Sakhon remained closed after a train derailment blocking the rail tracks since early yesterday.

The Wong Wian Yai-Mahachai train derailed between Rang Pho in Bang Bon district and Karn Kheha in Bang Khunthian district, at 5.15 am yesterday (April 27).

No one was injured in the incident while the State Railway of Thailand authorities had already removed the derailed train from the track.

However, the repair works of the damaged tracks were still underway. The SRT is investigating the cause of the derailment.

28 Apr 2018
1:07 pm

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) has announced progress of new urban electric rail lines, saying the Green Line connecting Bearing  station with Samut Prakan will open to service end of this year.

MRTA governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said the 13-kilometre long elevated Green Line from Bearing to Samut Prakan will begin services by the end of December.

The line has nine stations, he said.

In 2019, the Blue Line extension from  Hua Lampong to   Bang Khae, and the northern Green Line connecting Mo Chit,  Saphan Mai  and Khu Khot stations will become operational.

He said 2020 will see the opening of the Blue Line that connects Bang Sue station with Tha Phra station, and by 2021 the Pink Line from Pak Kret to Min Buri, and the Yellow Line from Lat Phrao to Samrong will become operational.

In 2022, the eastern Orange Line from Thailand Cultural Center to Min Buri will begin running.

Commenting on plans to construct a pilot project regional urban electric rail lines for other metropolises such as Phuket and Chiang Mai, the governor confirmed that these will begin construction in 2020 and will be completed by 2026.

Following this, construction of another line in Nakhon Ratchasima will begin.

He also said the MRTA is also working on development of online electronic ticketing systems to allow Government’s welfare card holders to use the Blue, Purple, and Airport Link electric trains which will be up-and-running by July of this year.

28 Apr 2018
9:56 am

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will on Saturday (April 28) attends the the 32nd Asean Summit and chairs the 11th Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Summit in Singapore.

Lt Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak, deputy government spokesman, said the Asean Summit will be chaired by Singapore under the theme “Resilient and Innovative” which is aimed at strengthening the collective resilience of Asean, and promoting innovation in politics, economy, and socio-culture among member countries.

Singapore will also endorse establishment of an Asean Smart Cities Network (ASCN). Three pioneer smart cities will be identified to mobilize innovative Asean Community, he said.

Gen Prayut would propose Bangkok, Chon Buri and Phuket as Thailand’s smart cities for the Asean Smart Cities network.

The Prime Minister will deliver a statement to endorse resilient and innovative ASEAN for better livelihood of the Asean people without leaving anyone behind.

Three documents to be endorsed at the 32nd Asean Summit are:

  • Asean Leaders’ Vision for a Resilient and Innovative Asean
  • Concept Note on Asean Smart Cities Network
  • Asean Leaders’ Statement on Cybersecurity Cooperation

Lt Gen Werachon said the historic meeting between the North and South Korean leaders on Friday (April 27) is expected to be raised at the Asean Summit as Asean leaders had been supporting peaceful solutions to the conflict in the Korean Peninsula.

Gen Prayut will also chair the 11th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT–GT) Summit which will be held to prepare for the celebration of IMT-GT’s 25th anniversary, and to expedite mobilization of high-priority projects; development plan for infrastructure connectivity; physical infrastructure, as well as to emphasize the significance of regulatory connectivity, and affirm cooperation in various aspects with development partners.

Leaders’ statement of IMT-GT will be endorsed at the meeting.

 

27 Apr 2018
9:03 pm

Many streets in Bangkok were turned into klongs after heavy rains fuelled by summer storm battered the city in the evening (April 27).

One bus stop shelter in front of the PTT head office on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road collapsed from strong wind, but, fortunately, there was no one there at the time.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported on most water-logged roads as cars could hardly move.

Many bus commuters switched to BTS sky train and MRT subway, but found all stations jam-packed with people from approaches to the escalators up to the platforms. 

7.55pm: Chaeng Wattana Road in front of Central department store in Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret district.

7.30pm: Phahonyothin Road near Kasetsart University.

7.30pm: Phahonyothin Road near Kasetsart University.

7.30pm: Phahonyothin Road near Kasetsart University.

27 Apr 2018
8:35 pm

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Gen Surasak Karnjanarat on Friday (April 27) dismissed claim by Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) president Premchai Karnasuta that he had received sympathy from several governmental agencies and their officials.

“Who and which unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment showed sympathy and gave moral support to Premchai?  Not possible as we are against those who destroyed natural resources. (I) believe there are no officials who gave him (Premchai) moral support,” said the minister.

Mr Premchai reportedly told a meeting of ITD shareholders on Thursday that he didn’t kill wild animals at Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in February.  He also claimed that he had the sympathy and moral support of several government officials.

Meanwhile, Seub Nakhasathien Foundation chairman Sasin Chalermlarp suggested Mr Premchai to rethink and to turn a new leaf by contributing toward wildlife conservation.

In his post in his Facebook page, Mr Sasin said he wondered whether Mr Premchai had a real friend who has good intention for him and who tried to make the latter to be aware of his misdeed and to turn a new leaf.

He added he wondered whether the ITD boss had ever been surrounded by people do not expect money or vested interest from him.

27 Apr 2018
3:45 pm

Top executives of companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) remained confidence in the country’s economic outlook, saying 3-4% growth could be expected this year.

According to the SET’s survey of views of CEOs of SET-registered companies, most CEOs believe the economy will be able to grow by 3-4%.

But they were concerned about the value of the baht, the rising labour costs, the uncertain political situation and the chronic household debt.

Meanwhile, Siam Commercial Bank’s senior vice president Yanyong Thaicharoen stated that household debt continues to rise in particular among farmers and low income families.

This was mainly due to drought problem and low agricultural produce prices that forced more farmers to take out loans which in turn severely impede purchasing power recovery, he said.

On the whole, he was confident that the economy will be able to grow by at least 4%, Mr Yanyong said.

27 Apr 2018
1:59 pm

Tourist Police and 191 Special Branch Police busted a Nigerian romance scam gang and arrested a Negerian man for fraud charges.

Light Chinezurum was brought to a press conference on Friday (April 27) after being caught for luring several women into online relationship and convincing them to transfer cash to him.

The victim said the suspect promise to send them valuable gifts, however, they had to transfer “customs fee” to a Thai bank account in order to claim the gift.

Tourist Police Bureau deputy commander Pol Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn said Mr Chinezurum was at his rented room. Several bank books, ATM cards, mobile phones and a computer were also seized.

His bank accounts showed over 16 million baht in circulations, while immigration records show him leaveing and entering the country for over 13 times in the past few months.

He said the suspect was a key person who would do money transactions to member of the romance gang in Nigeria.

27 Apr 2018
9:33 am

Besides record online sale of Thai durians ordered by Chinese consumers on Alibaba’s online super market at Tmall.com last week, Thai Hom Mali fragrant rice is also enjoying brisk online sale order from China.

Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, director-general of the International Trade Promotion Department, said on Thursday (April 26) that the amount of Hom Mali rice ordered through Thai Rice Flagship Store on Tmall.com website has now jumped from 5 million tonnes to 6.5 million tonnes and it is still rising.

She suggested any Thai rice exporters who want to sell their rice online to Chinese consumers to register as a juristic person and become a member of Thaitrade.com, which will create confidence among Chinese buyers.

Since the first big lot order of 80,000 durians last Thursday (April 19), the total online purchasing order has risen to 130,000 durians or 350 tonnes worth about 70 million baht.  All the durians will be shipped to the buyers in China within May 7.

However, Mr Chukiat Opaswong, honorary president of Thai Rice Exporters Association, cautioned that online sale of Thai rice through Tmall.com might not receive overwhelming response from Chinese consumers as did durian.

He pointed out that commercial online sale of rice in big amount would not be easy because of several import restrictions imposed by the Chinese government such as quota limit and health restriction and certificate of quality standard from the General Administration of Quality Supervision,Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

And, so far, only 48 Thai rice exporters have obtained the AQSIQ certificate.

He disclosed that 2.8 million tonnes of rice were exported during the first quarter of the year and, for the whole year, about ten million tonnes of rice are expected to be exported making Thailand the second largest rice exporter after India with 13 million tonnes.

26 Apr 2018
10:46 pm

Foundation for Consumers secretary-general Saree Aongsomwang on Thursday (April 26) called on the Food and Drug Administration to stop online registration of cosmetic products in order to ease the problem of counterfeiting or substandard cosmetics.

She also urged the FDA to allow the public to have access to information about the permits and details about products so that they will know that the products are not over-advertised or their quality exaggerated from those declared with the FDA.

Ms Saree said cosmetic producers should be required to register their products directly with the FDA so that officials could get hold of documents about the producers and the locations of their cosmetic factories.

She also urged celebrities and net idols to be responsible when they serve as product presenters by not over-advertising the quality of the products and also to try to find out whether the products they present are licensed by the FDA.

She noted that in some countries a review of a product such as cosmetic could only be allowed after the product has been tested by the presenters for at least six months.

In the case of Magic Skin cosmetics and food supplement products, she said that celebrities who worked as the company’s product presenters should be held accountable for misleading the public about the products.

The fact that there is a FDA label on a product does not guarantee that the product is safe and legal because several unscrupulous producers have used the FDA labels of the other products for their products.

26 Apr 2018
9:43 pm

Khon Kaen’s Muang district police are coordinating with the provincial electricity authority to find out who is to be held accountable for a dangling telecom cable which led to the death of a female motorcyclist on Wednesday (April 25).

The victim, Maneenet Charoen-ngao was riding her motorbike toward the Kaen Nakhon park and, out of a sudden, she struck a dangling cable apparently not seeing it and fell to her death on the road.

Pol Cpt Singha Hong-on, the deputy inquiry inspector of Muang district police who is in charge of the case, on Thursday inspected the scene of the accident in front of Kaen Nakhon Wittayalai School and collected the cable for closer examination.

In the meantime, he said he would ask for video footages from CCTV system around the scene of the accident for examination to find out how the cable had fallen down and left dangling over the road – whether a truck had brought the cable down.

He said he had coordinated with electricity authority officials to find out who installed the cable.

26 Apr 2018
7:24 pm

Officials of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) have uncovered irregularities in the use of fund meant for poor and destitute people in 60 centres for the protection of the destitute.

So far, the PACC has accepted cases involving 33 centres for further investigation.

PACC secretary-general Lt-Col Korntip Daroj said Thursday (April 26) that investigation was under way into suspected corruption in protection centre for the destitute in 13 provinces and the results of the probe was expected end of this month.

Regarding the 370 million baht fund for poor people in self-help cooperatives, centres for the development of the highlanders and the coordinating centre for destitute people in southern provinces, Lt-Col Korntip said PACC officials had probed the use of the fund estimated at 135 million baht by nine cooperatives.

Further investigation was conducted for fund usage involving two cooperatives – one in Udon Thani and the other in Chiang Mai’s San Kamphaeng district.  Three cases involving Ubonrat dam cooperative in Khon Kaen, Huay Huang cooperative in Udon Thani and Ban Krut cooperative in Buri Ram were forwarded to the National Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.

The PACC secretary-general said the most alleged irregularities concerned the handing out of fund to different occupational groups instead of just the poor people who were supposed to be the recipients of the fund.

26 Apr 2018
3:02 pm

Twenty-six years of legal battles and standoffs between some 200 residents of Mahakarn Fort and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) came to an end yesterday (April 25) with the last seven families agreeing to move out of this 200 years old community to new places at Buddhamonthon Sai 2 in Nakhon Pathom and Bang Sue district in Bangkok.

The eviction of the remaining seven houses of a total 50 houses in this 4-rai land at Mahakarn Fort in the Rattanakosin island, one of Bangkok’s two remaining pre-modern forts, was supervised by Bangkok governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang.

Pol Gen Aswin

He thanked the residents for their cooperation to relocate to the places arranged by the BMA, allowing the City Hall to develop Mahakarn Fort area into a public park for recreational purpose of the people.

Pol Gen Aswin said the BMA will spend 69 million budget to renovate and reinforce the structure of the fort, which had been registered as a historic site by the Fine Arts Department (FAD).

The fort’s compound will be landscaped into a recreational area, he said, adding that the renovation will complete in one month under close consultation with the FAD.

He said the area will be cleared by this Sunday (April 29) with City workers trimming the trees and moving out debris and garbage.

One community resident Mrs Kua Prachuabsuk said if she could choose, she would like to live and die here.

Mahakarn Fort was built in the reign of King Rama I. The old fort has become a residential area for over 200 residents for several generations. They have been fighting for more than two decades to keep their community at its original status after the BMA was granted a royal decree for land expropriation in 1992 to improve the site of Rattanakosin Island.

26 Apr 2018
11:26 am

The Federation of Thai Industries (FDI) says 40% of  food supplements and cosmetic products sold in the markets were found to be fake and contaminated.

 

Disclosure by the FTI’s food supplements industry club came after police and officials from the Food and Drugs Administration raided several major manufacturing plants and found huge cache of substandard and fake cosmetic and food supplements.

 

Some products were even found to be contaminated as they used a same substance or precursor that is used to produce “meths”.

The club president Mr Nakan Tawichawat

 

The club president Mr Nakan Tawichawat said the FTI’s food supplements club has held talks with the FDA on a possibility to interpret the selling of fake food supplements with ingredient of medication used in Viagra as selling fake medicines which carries hefty penalties.

 

He said in such case, prison term for selling fake or counterfeit drugs will increase to 3-5 years, while manufacturer producing substandard food supplements will face closure.

 

Besides, informer of factories producing substandard food supplements will get cash rewards for the information, he said.

 

For celebrities who were hired to review the counterfeit goods or act as presenters, penalties would be light.

 

But for celebrities who are owners of the products, he said FDA officials have found some of their food supplements contained a mixture of “Sibutramine”, an appetite suppressant for diet and is also a precursor in producing methamphetamine or “meths”.

 

He said some whitening creams were also contaminated with heavy metal while some coffee brands had mixtures of Chinese-made Viagra, and Orlistat, a drug designed to treat obesity.

 

He said currently  Thailand’s cosmetic and food supplement market is worth almost 100 billion baht a year from just a billion baht previously.

 

Up to 40% of  the cosmetic and food supplements products are substandard and counterfeit, especially food supplements, he said.

 

He went on saying that there are over 1,000 factories which produce quality standards products, while over 10,000 factories are substandard.

 

He added that GS1 Thailand which is a non-profit organisation will soon allow producers of cosmetic products and food supplements to apply for “Dragon Code” which will enable consumers to differentiate authentic products from counterfeits sold in the markets.

26 Apr 2018
9:57 am

Buoys have placed around the beach at Haad Sai Noi in Hua Hin district where a Norwegian tourist was attacked by a bull shark last week.

On Wednesday, officials of the Marine Resources Conservation Unit, military personnel from Thanarath camp and fishermen helped erect buoys around Haad Sai Noi beach before Gilnets are placed to form a safe swimming zone to prevent shark attacks.

Officials said that the erection of buoys was just a preparation to determine the proper location of a swimming area before anti-shark net is to be placed under water.

Mr Bannarak Sermthong, an official of the Marine and Coastal Resources Management Office Zone 4, said that the swimming zone would be about 60 metres from the shoreline which is about three metres deep and about 200 metres long running parallel to the beach.

He said the rock formations on both sides of the supposedly swimming area would not be covered by the anti-shark net so that bull sharks could still swim to search for food.

He maintained that the anti-shark net would prevent shark attacks for the safety of swimmers and, at the same time, must not interrupt with the feed ground of the bull sharks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Apr 2018
10:31 pm

Opponents against judges’ housing project at Doi Suthep will hold a rally at Tha Pae Gate this coming Sunday (April 29) to convey a message to the judiciary about how the people of Chiang Mai think about the project.

Organizers, led by Doi Suthep Conservation Network, today (April 25) sought permission from Chiang Mai police as required by the Public Assembly Act. They said the event would be peaceful and legitimate and would take just half a day.

They claimed that several groups of people, members of civil society, lecturers and students of Chiang Mai University would join the demonstration.

Meanwhile today, Mr Nikom Putta, head of the Mae Ping conservation group, started a five-day hunger strike at the entrance to the housing project at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain in Mae Rim district.

He said his solo hunger strike was intended to call on all parties in the conflict to come together to resolve their difference in a peaceful and compassionate manner.

As a prelude to the mass rally, opponents against the controversial housing project have adorned their shops and houses with green ribbons to symbolize their opposition against the project and their demand for the houses to be demolished.

Monks in Chiang Mai will make a statement about their position on Friday.

25 Apr 2018
9:44 pm

The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is to investigate suspected corruption in the procurement of blankets for poor people by the centres for the protection of the destitute of the Department of Social Development and Welfare.

The planned probe followed initial findings which show that the centre for the destitute people in Sing Buri bought blankets during the 2016 fiscal year at a price double that of market price.

Meanwhile, Mr Pisit Leelavachiropas, former auditor-general, called on PACC to investigate the blanket procurement by centres for the protection of the destitute throughout the country for 2016 fiscal year after the Office of the Auditor-General had raised objection against the procurement project since 2013, but the objection was ignored.

He said that he suspected that half of the budget allocated for blanket procurement had been embezzled by corrupt officials allegedly in collaboration with blanket sellers who substantially overpriced the products.

Mr Pisit pointed out that the blanket procurement project of the Department of Social Development and Welfare was a duplication of similar project of the other agencies and the budget for the project kept increasing every year.

An official document about budget for 2016 fiscal year obtained by the Thai PBS showed that Social Development and Welfare Department’s for blanket procurement for the poor amounted to 240 million baht, constituting almost half of the budget allocated for destitute people which was found to be plagued with corruption.

The document also shows that the budgetary allocation for blanket procurement for each centre for the destitute varied from 70,000 baht to 4.8 million baht.

Si Sa Ket province was allotted with the lion’s share of the budget totaling 4.8 million baht, followed by 3.6 million baht for Ubon Ratchathani and 2.8 million baht for Udon Thani.

The OAG uncovered the first case of corruption concerning blanket procurement in Sing Buri which was allocated with 480,000 baht fund to purchase blankets.

In the Sing Buri case, three bidders took part in the auction offering bidding prices at 400, 450 and 480 baht per piece.  The successful bidder was the one who offered 400 baht. However, it was discovered that the actual market price was 199 baht per piece.

25 Apr 2018
5:04 pm

A tambon headman and his 3-year old son were seriously injured but his  wife and a 5-year daughter were killed by a group of gunmen as they were travelling home in a pickup truck in Wiang Kaen district of Chiang Rai on Tuesday evening (April 24).

The two victims, identified as Mrs Maiyear Wongnapapaisarn and Chayaporn Yodmaneebanpot, 5, died in the vehicle after gunmen opened fire with AK47 assault rifles into the pickup truck driven by the kamnan, Mr Thaweesak Yodmaneebanpot, headman of Tambon Por.

Mr Thaweesak, also chairman of the Hmong Association of Thailand, sustained gunshot wound on his right arm while his son, Chaimongkon, 3, was wounded in the left leg.

Mr Thaweesak and his family were travelling together in their pickup truck on road from Ban Romfathong to Ban Pa Tang for home while the gunmen, riding in another pickup truck gave chase and opened fire.

The injured and the dead victims were later rushed to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital by passers-by who came across the shooting incident.  

Wiang Kaen district chief officer, Mr Kamson Sripo, praised Mr Thaweesak as a strict law enforcer, especially against illegal drug trade which could be the motive for the fatal gun attack.

Pol Gen Chalermkiart Sriworakhan, the deputy police chief, on Wednesday (April 25) inspected the crime scene and later met with local police for a briefing of the shooting incident.

25 Apr 2018
1:33 pm

Summer storms have caused vast damages in seven provinces with almost a hundred houses damaged and over 200 people affected.

The Ministry of Interior’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Wednesday (Apr 25)

that summer storms since April 23 until today have slammed 23 villages in 13 districts of seven provinces.

It said 92 houses were damaged and 211 people were left homeless.

Department’s director-general Chayapol Thitisak said affected by summer storms were 4 provinces in the Northeast, namely Mukdaharn, Sisaket, Loei and Udon Thani, and 3 in the North, namely Chiang Mai, Phichit and Lamphun.

Relief aids have been sent in to relieve the trouble of the affected families while soldiers, district officials and volunteers were helping them to repair their damaged homes, he said.

He continued to warn people in the North, Northeast, Central, South, and Bangkok,  against the storms which would start hitting the country from today until April 28, saying that gusty winds and freak storms are also expected in some areas.

He said the department has an emergency line 1784 to coordinate and provide assistance to affected people on a 24-hour basis.

Meanwhile summer storms have caused damages to several durian plantations in three districts, Khukhan, Muang and Kantharalak in Sisaket as farmers reported several durian trees were fallen and broken by gusty winds.

25 Apr 2018
10:25 am

A 15-year-old girl scratched by her little puppy on the neck in December last year died on April 20 at Nong Khai hospital.

The teen became the country’s eighth victim to die from rabies this year.

According to her family, she had raised a 2-month puppy dog at home and on one day she was scratched on the neck by the puppy.

Since the scratch was slight, she did not go to see the doctor.

It was until April 17, she turned unusual having symptoms of fatigue, nausea, and saliva flowing out of her mouth uncontrollably.

She was later admitted to the hospital where she died later of rabies.

Nong Khai health officer Dr Somchaichote Piyawatwera said the hospital has collected cerebrospinal fluid and hair roots from the victims for laboratory examination at the Department of Medical Science, and told all her family members associated with her during the period to have vaccination immediately.

So far this year, rabies has claimed lives of eight people. The other victims were in Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Singkhla, Trang, and Phatthalung.

Last year, 11 patients died from rabies, while in 2016 14 people died, and from 2012 to 2015, five people died each year from the deadly disease.

25 Apr 2018
9:45 am

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o- cha stressed on Tuesday (Apr 24) that in order to resolve the controversial judges’ housing project on Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district, all parties concerned must adhere to the letters of the law.

He defended that the government had not been ignorant about the problem and had been trying to resolve the problem the best it could through legal means.

He pointed out that there are several legal aspects that have to be taken into consideration. “Such as whether it is possible that utilization of the buildings can be delayed or not? How to do with the building which were already built? How to do with the buildings which were completed since there is a fierce resistance?”

Regarding forest rehabilitation, the prime minister said that this must be done quickly with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and relevant agencies being responsible for doing the job.

He assured that the government would try to resolve the problem.

The controversial judges’ housing project on Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district

24 Apr 2018
10:34 pm

Over 600 million baht in insurance claims were demanded involving road accidents that occurred during the 7-day Songkran festival from April 11-17, according to the Office of Insurance Commission.

Sutthiphol Thaveechaikarn, secretary-general of the commission, said on Tuesday (April 24) that this year was the first year that the OIC put into service electronic platform, enabling the nine branch offices of the OIC, insurance associations and companies to file online reports of road accidents immediately and continuously.

On top of that, he disclosed that more people had made use of the OIC’s hotline No 1186 during the Songkran festival to seek advice on conditions about mandatory life insurance and voluntary life insurance.

Picha Siriyothin, president of the Thai Life Assurance Association, said out of a total death toll of 418 during the festival, only 86 of them took insurance coverage valued at some 25 million baht, adding that insurance companies are now in the process of preparing compensation payments to families of the dead victims.

Road accidents during the festival this year numbered 3,724 – 34 cases more than last year’s – with 418 deaths and 3,897 injured.

24 Apr 2018
10:06 pm

Mor Saeng’s herbal medicine cannot stop cancerous cells from spreading although it help boost the quality of life of cancer patients, according to the Public Health Ministry.

Dr Narong Apikulwanich, deputy director-general of the Department of Medical Service announced today (April 24) the result of the laboratorial tests of the herbal medicine concocted by Mr Saengchai Haelerttrakul, alias Mor Saeng, with the cancerous cells of breast, liver, lung, intestine and stomach cancer.

Dr Narong said the test result showed that the herbal medicine could not kill the cancerous cells and could not stop the cancerous cells from spreading.  However, Mor Saeng’s herbal medicine could help improve the quality of life of the cancer patients.

Asked whether the herbal medicine would be tested on animals or human beings, Dr Narong said agencies concerned would have to consider the issue first and this process would take some time.

He said that parallel treatment using both modern medicine and alternative medicine would be the best option for the patients.

Noting that the result announced today by the department was just a result from test in tubes, Mr Saengchai, a certified Thai traditional medicine practitioner, claimed that his herbal medicine was effective against cancer and it had already been tested with cancer patients with the consent from their relatives.

He vowed to carry on with his intention to distribute his herbal medicine free of charge to cancer patients unless there is an order from the Department for Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine for him to stop the distribution.

He insisted that every time he distributed his medicine he would suggest the recipients not to abandon modern medicine treatment.

24 Apr 2018
6:35 pm

Police have filed an additional charge of attempted murder against a young man who allegedly tortured his girlfriend and livestreamed his alleged acts in Facebook live.

On top of four other charges already filed against 26-year old Chaichana Sirichart which included illegal detention, drug abuse, assault and use of computer system in a way which shamed the other people, police said they had found several items which were suspected to be used by the suspect against the 21-year-old victim.

The seized items include two blood-stained knives, a broken handle of a broom, electric iron, a hair curler, and an electrical wire which was allegedly used to strangle the victim.

Police said the seized items were enough to warrant the charge of attempted murder against the suspect.

Mr Chaichana was today (April 24) escorted to the Criminal Court by the police who sought court’s permission to further detain him.

Mr Chaichana told a throng of reporters at the court that he was sorry for his acts.

“I’m sorry. Don’t behave like me,” he said.

Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the national deputy police chief, said the suspect suffered from paranoia believing that his girlfriend was cheating him.

He added that the suspect and his girlfriend have been seeing each other for eight months and, during the period, the suspect had beaten up the woman eight times and, each time, he would use drug first.

The victim is still being hospitalized at Nopparat Ratchathani hospital.  The hospital director, Dr Somboon Tosbovorn, said the victim suffered a broken nose, a broken little finger and several bruises and burn wounds on the body.

24 Apr 2018
3:30 pm

The wife of a police officer who told the court that the arrest of two Reuters reporters in November last year was a police setup has appealed for help from President Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, according to The Irrawaddy Online.

In a press conference in Mandalay on Sunday (April 22), Daw Tu also told the media that she and her family was evicted from the police housing unit on Saturday – one day after Police Captain Moe Yan Naing testified to the court as a prosecution witness.  He also revealed that the trap was masterminded by Pol Brig Gen Tin Ko Ko.

Insisting that Moe Yan Naing was a scapegoat, Dau Tu claimed that her husband didn’t give any documents to the two Reuters reporters.

Moe Yan Niang has been detained since last December for the interaction with the two reporters working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in Rakhine state.

“I don’t know where to go now,” she told the Irrawaddy reporter on Saturday.

She told the media on Sunday that her family had to rely on relatives to survive as her husband has not received any salary since being detained.

The eviction order went viral in the social media drawing police condemnation.  But Police spokesman Myo Thu Soe defended that the family had to leave because they had overstayed their tenancy since March.

After Moe Yan Niang’s recriminating testify against the police, the plaintiff’s lawyer has submitted a motion to the court seeking to have the police captain declared a “hostile witness”.

24 Apr 2018
3:06 pm

Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison has expressed his willingness to return to his native home country in response to President Rodrigo Duterts’s invitation, but on two conditions, The Manila Times Online reported .

In his statement released on Monday (April 23), Sison laid out his two conditions, firstly, there must be significant progress in the peace talks with the government and, secondly, his security must be ensured.

Sison referred to the 1992 declaration between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines that peace negotiations must be in accordance with mutually acceptable principles and that there should be on preconditions that may “negate” the purpose of the talks.

He expressed confidence that that the government and the NDFP peace panel would be able to produce documents necessary for the resumption of negotiations “in the next few weeks”.

Sison also said there should be a drafting of mutually satisfactory agreements on the ceasefire and amnesty for political prisoners as well as the parts of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms on agrarian reform, rural development, national industrialization and economic development.

He said the agreements should be signed and approved within the 60-day time frame set by President Duterte.

The CPP founder, however, warned there could be “spoilers” out to undermine the peace negotiations if he returned earlier than necessary.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and former police chief Ronald de Rosa had opposed the resumption of peace talks with the communists.  However, Lorenzana has softened his stance after Duterte ordered presidential peace advisor Jesus Dureza to restart negotiations.

24 Apr 2018
1:56 pm

A huge fire broke out at a major heat insulator factory of Miccell Co Ltd in Samut Prakarn causing damages estimated at over 100 million baht to the factory and almost 20 automobiles, including a firetruck.

According to police, the fire happened shortly after midnight at the factory which is located on Soi Wat Bangfai off Poochao Samingprai road in Phra Pradaeng district.

About 30 firetrucks were rushed to the scene as the fire was huge and was raging fiercely because of the strong winds during the time.

The fire raged quickly from the factory building to living quarters of employees and parking lots.

About 20 cars and buses, including a firetruck of Samrong Tai Municipality, were  burned and damaged.

Firemen spent more than two hours battling the fire and containing it in limited area as the entire factory building was burnt to the ground.

Initial damages to buildings, cars and machinery were estimated at over 100 million baht.

A factory employee said he saw a flame in the middle of the factory and in seconds it raged quickly to engulf almost the whole factory space.

He ran out and called for help.

Forensic police were at the scene to look into the cause of the fire.

24 Apr 2018
11:28 am

Officials of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and related state agencies are preparing to explore the hunting areas of bull sharks from Hua Hin to Cha-am and Pranburi beaches so as to ensure full safety for swimmers.

The expansion of bull sharks-tracking operation from Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district to Pranburi district and Phetchaburi’s Cha-am district came after officials found at least six bull sharks in the sea off Hat Sai Noi beach in Hua Hin over the past few days.

On April 15, a 54-year-old Norwegian man was injured in a bull shark attack as he was swimming in Hat Sai Noi area.

A bull shark was spotted in Hat Sai Noi area last night.

DMCR officials said they prepared to explore the hunting areas of bull sharks beyond Hua Hin beach to Cha-am and Pranburi beaches before map out safety measures for locals and tourists to prevent the recurrence of shark attacks.

Officials will seek information from fishermen on their sightings of the bull sharks in order to know their hunting grounds.

All information would be used to fix the safe area to deploy safety nets and bouys in the sea to ensure safe swimming for tourists.

Within this week, the first safety net of 400 metres long and 6 metres wide will be installed 50 metres off the beach at Hat Sai Noi.

The sea where the net is installed in about 4 metres deep, they said, adding that the net will prevent not only sharks but also lethal jelly fishes from getting into the swimming area.

23 Apr 2018
6:12 pm

Three people, including a girl, were injured when a LPG gas cylinder exploded inside a townhouse in Samut Prakan province on Monday (April 23).

Quoting eyewitness accounts, police said that the houseowner in Poomjai Nives housing estate ordered a LPG gas cylinder to be delivered to the house to replace an old one which has run out of gas.

But as the delivery man was testing whether the new gas cylinder works properly or not after it was connected with the gas stove, the cylinder exploded injuring the delivery man who suffered burns.  Two children who were in the house at the time were also injured.

The force of the explosion also brought down the roof of the house.

Rescue workers who later arrived at the scene rushed to the three injured to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Mr Tassanasak Jiewcharoen, a public disaster prevention and mitigation chief of Klong Bang Plakod Tambon Administration Organization, said he suspected gas leak as the delivery man was testing the gas stove.

23 Apr 2018
1:47 pm

A 25-year-old man who allegedly beat up his girlfriend and broadcasted the act live on Facebook yesterday (April 22) has been initially pressed with four charges, ranging from assault, drug abuse to computer crime.

Chaichana Sirichart was arrested at a condominium in Bangkok’s Bung Kum district last night shortly after video clips of him allegedly beating and threatening to kill a woman went viral on Facebook.

Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said the victim’s sister and Facebook users alerted the police after seeing the livestreamings on the social media.

Police and rescuers managed to talk the man to allow them inside the room and rescued the woman who sustained serious injuries.

Deputy police chief Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta went to Bung Kum police station to interrogate the suspect, who told the police that he beat up his girlfriend with a broom and a facial massager after learning that she was cheating on him.

Mr Chaichana also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Pol Col Krissana said the man was initially charged with physical and mentally assault, detention, drug abuse, and violations of Computer Crime Act.

The man allegedly confessed to all charges, Pol Col Krissana said.

 

23 Apr 2018
12:34 pm

Search and rescue team continue to search for the 82-year-old Japanese tourist who went missing at Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai province two weeks ago.

Kinya Nakamura got separated from his son, Shinya Nakamura, a mixed Thai-Japanese man who lives in Thailand, as they were visiting Phra Mahathat Naphapholphumisiri on April 9.

Doi Inthanon national park chief Rung Hirunwong said the search team which had sniffing dogs to join the search, separated in two groups, with the first group setting  foot from Phra Mahathat chedi along a 1.5 kilometre long track to look for Mr Kinya.

The second group headed on the top of the hill behind the Phra Maha That chedi on a one kilometre track.

But until late in the evening yesterday (April 22), the two teams still could not find any trace of the tourist, and therefore decided to call off the search, leaving only park officials to continue the search, he said.

Both search teams viewed that the tourist might not be in the vicinity of Phra Maha That chedi where he first went missing, he said.

22 Apr 2018
11:34 pm

Two people were killed and five others seriously injured when a pickup truck crashed into a motorcycle with a sidecar and turned over on a road in Singha Nakhon district of Songkhla province on Sunday (April 22).

Quoting eyewitness accounts, Singha Nakhon district police said that the sidecar which carried five people of the same family, including the driver, tried to make a U-turn to the other side of the Songkhla-Ranot road and then a pickup truck which was following the side car in close range failed to stop and slammed into it.

The force of the impact flung all the five family members out of the sidecar onto the road in different directions.  Two people in the sidecar, Atthapol Tohmud, 21 and Thirapong Poodpong, 10, died at the scene. Three others identified as Mrs Wanna Poodpong, Ms Thananan Poodpong, 23 and Ms Kanokwan Petcharat, 3, were seriously injured.

The pickup truck turned over before it smasked into a power pole which collapsed.  The couple in the vehicle, Mr Kamsing Tapsong, and his wife, Mrs Prathum sustained serious injuries.

All the injured and the dead victims were later rushed to Singha Nakorn district hospital.

22 Apr 2018
10:07 pm

Lao chief of general staff Lt-Gen Suvon Luongbunmi has assured that Thai fugitives, including red-shirt supporters, taking refuge in Laos will not be allowed to conduct any activity which will pose a problem for the Thai government, Post Today reports.

“Have confidence with (us), don’t be worried, have confidence with (us),” said Lt-Gen Suvon in response to a question raised by the Thai media accompanying Supreme Commander Gen Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan on his four-day visit to Laos starting Sunday (April 22).

Gen Tarnchaiyan and Lt-Gen Suvon and military officers of the two countries participated in a Thod Pha Pa robe-offering ceremony to present saffron robes to monks at Wat Ongtue Mahavihara in Vientiane.

The Thai military also joined in the renovation of the temple which is the oldest temple in the Laotian capital.

Lt-Gen Suvon described the joint robe-offering ceremony as an important activity that symbolizes the relationship between the two armies.

Thailand and Laos had close military relationship and had been helping each other all along to maintain peace, Post Today quoted Lt-Gen Suvon as saying.

22 Apr 2018
8:50 pm

The Government Savings Bank (GSB) and the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) have collectively extended emergency loans amounting to 10 billion baht to some 220,000 people so they do not have to seek loans from “loan sharks” and fall into unorganized debt trap.

Pornchai Theeravet, spokesman of the Fiscal Policy Office, said that the two state-owned banks also extended another 670 million baht in emergency loans to 15,000 low-income earners who have registered to be eligible to receive state welfare.

He said that, so far, the two state-run banks had lent over 10 billion baht to some 240,000 low-income earners to prevent them falling into the unorganized debt trap.

Mr Pornchai disclosed that, as of March this year, there were altogether 458 applications from 66 provinces to operate Pico financial service.  Of these, 201 of them in 54 provinces have become operational, with most of them in Nakhon Ratchasima, Bangkok and Roi Et.

The Pico finance operators have, so far, extended loans amounting to 313 million baht to 165 borrowers.  The number of NPLs or unpaid debts over three months in a row has dropped to about 3.96 percent of the total debts owed.

Pico Finance is a retail loan business with registered capital of more than 5 million baht. The Pico Finance provides loans of not exceeding 50,000 per person with interest rate of less than 36% per year. Each operator is able to extend loans only in the registered province.

22 Apr 2018
2:43 pm

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will announce cabinet reshuffle next week which will involve all 16 ministries, The Straits Times Online reported on Saturday (April 21).

However, he said in London that not all the ministers would be moving to new ministries, but for some key ministers, their portfolios will be adjusted, but basically staying in the same places.

Analysts and Singaporeans alike have been watching for signs which office holders will be moved or promoted.

The Straits Times earlier reported that three veteran ministers, Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang, 64; Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, 63; and Information and Communications Minister Yacob Ibrahim 62, are expected to step down.

Asked about who will be the next prime minister, PM Lee said he was confident that the fourth-generation ministers were making headway in choosing a leader.

“I am quite confident that gradually they are beginning to have a sense of one another and who they would like to have to lead them,” he said.

The 4G leaders have been tasked to draft President Halimah Yacob’s inaugural address at the opening of the Parliament on May 7, which sets out the government’s agenda and policies for the remaining years of its term.

22 Apr 2018
11:41 am

Construction of the 5th Thai-Lao friendship bridge linking the northeastern province of Bueng Kan with Laos’ western township of Pakxan in Bolikhamsai province is likely to commence this year-end with the Ministry of Transport expecting to seek budget from the government in October.

Land clearing for the construction of a road heading to the site of the 3.6-billion-baht bridge project in Bueng Kan province has already started with land along the road being expropriated and landowners compensated.  Rubber trees along the route have also been felled for the road construction.

Bueng Kan governor Phisut Busayapanpong said that Bueng Kan has the logistic capacity to cater to the increased passenger and cargo traffic in Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom once the two provinces are linked by dual track train system and high-speed train system with Bangkok.

 

He said the people of Bueng Kan had the expectation that the new friendship bridge linking the province with Pakxan in Laos would boost trade, investment and tourism in the province and help improve its economy.

The bridge will also facilitate the flow of goods and people from northeastern Thailand through Laos into Vietnam and southern China and vice versa.

The volume of border trade in Bueng Kan for the first six months of this fiscal year amounted to 4.7 billion baht with Thai exports accounting for 3 billion baht.

With the completion of the bridge, Bueng Kan Customs Office expects that border trade will multiply to about 30 billion baht per annum.

21 Apr 2018
7:53 pm

Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda insists that anyone who are found to commit crimes would not be spared even they are monks.

Comment from Pol Gen Chakthip came after the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) lodged complaint with the Counter Corruption Police Division against five senior monks–three of them are members of the Sangha Supreme Council–for alleged embezzlement of fund to support Phra Pariyattidhamma Schools.

Pol Gen Chakthip made clear that the police would deal with the case according to the law and was confidence that police had sufficient evidence to indict the accused.

He also assured that the police were ready to maintain public order should there be any movement from disciples and followers of the accused monks.

The law does not forbid the police from arresting monks, especially bad monks, he said.

Meanwhile, Phra Dharma Kitti Methi, the chairman of the Buddhism Protection Center of Thailand, stated that he believes Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh, the NOB chief, had only part of the details when he filed the complaints against the monks. As such there were misinterpretations on the handling of monastic funds.

According to the monk, once the funds are received from the government, it was the prerogative of the Sangha Supreme Council to allocate them for activities they deem necessary.

Phra Dharma Kitti Methi admitted that the allegation against the senior monks could stir up dissatisfactions among some Buddhists, especially disciples of the senior monks.

21 Apr 2018
3:48 pm

A fierce fire gutted a bedding factory in Phanat Nikhom district of Chon Buri province on Friday night (April 20), causing initial damage estimated at over 10 million baht.

The fire broke out at the Mon Noom Proh Nua Noom factory in Tambon Mon Nang and quickly raged due to its flammable materials stored inside.

Firefighters were quickly alerted and came with 20 firetrucks to extinguish the fire.

But they were unable to put out the fire because of the stored materials were flammable and just contained the fire within the factory building.

The fire dies down three hours later when the whole factory building was burnt to the ground.

Nobody was injured in the fire, while residents living nearby called on the factory owner to improve fire prevention measures as the factory located near residential area.

One resident said there had been a fire at the factory two years ago.

The cause of fire was still under inspection by forensic police.

21 Apr 2018
2:50 pm

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said today (April 21) that Thailand is ready to welcome US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if they choose Thailand for the historic meeting.

Gen Prawit’s comment came as media and experts are speculating on possible site of the meeting of the two leaders.

Bloomberg reported that President Trump had said five locations are under consideration for his planned meeting in early June or before with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

President Trump didn’t identify the locations. But a person familiar with the talks said possibilities included Geneva and several venues in Asia and Southeast Asia.

Bloomberg also came up with a list of nine potential meet-up spots. They include Bangkok, Geneva, Helsinki, Singapore, Stockholm, Oslo, Prague, Warsaw, and Ulaanbaatar.

“U.S.embassy in Thailand is one of its largest. Bangkok is also one of the few countries in Asia to host a North Korean embassy,” according to Bloomberg’s analyst.

Gen Prawit said if Thailand is their choices, Thailand is ready to welcome and provide them full security.

He said Thailand will show to the world that the country is ready to support and promote peace in the world.

But Gen Prawit said so far Thailand has not yet been approached by the two countries.

21 Apr 2018
9:27 am

The Thai women’s soccer team was defeated by China 1-3 ending up in the 4th place of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Amman, Jordan, on Friday (April 20).

The two teams were held scoreless in the first half, but at the 51st minute into the second half, Li Ying scored the first goal for the Chinese team, which had never lost to Thailand in 13 previous meetings.

Then at the 56th minute, Ren Guixin headed the ball toward the net which was saved by the Thai goalkeeper, but the ball onto the leg of Wang Shanshan who slid the ball into the net.

Xuang Tuan netted the third goal before Silawan Intamee fired a shot which hit the goal pole with the ball reflecting toward Rattikan Thongsombut who drove it into the net. 

The game ended with the Thai team losing 1-3 to China and took the 4th place after China which finished third.

The loss does not affect the Thai team’s entry to the 2019 World Cup Final in France.

Meanwhile, Japan became champions of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup for a second successive time, as Kumi Yokoyama’s superb late goal secured a 1-0 win over Australia.

The Thai team will fly back home from Amman at 9 pm local time on Saturday.  They are expected to arrive at Suvarnabhumi international airport at about 12.15 pm on Sunday.

20 Apr 2018
10:34 pm

Five senior monks, including three members of the Sangha Supreme Council, who were implicated in alleged temple fund embezzlement are still innocent, said Pol Lt-Col Pongporn Pramsaneh, director of the National Office of Buddhism, on Friday (April 20).

In his capacity as the secretary of the Sangha Supreme Council, told a brief press conference that he had no bias against the five senior monks and the charges against them were based on evidence.

Pol Lt-Col Pongporn said he was assigned by the council to meet with the media.

He maintained that he had the duty to investigate the case and the charges against the monks did not make them guilty because the case is still pending in the inquiry stage, adding that the National Anti-Corruption Commission has not started its investigation into the case.

The three Sangha Supreme Council members implicated in the temple fund embezzlement scandal are Phra Promdilok, also chief monk of Bangkok; Phra Promsitthi, abbot of Wat Saket and chief monk of Region 10 and Phra Prommethi, abbot of Wat Samphanthawong.

The three senior monks and Pol Lt-Col Pongporn attended the council meeting on Friday, but the monks did not talk to the media.

20 Apr 2018
8:16 pm

The Legal Execution Department will on June 6 stage a major auction of 4,340 rai of land worth an estimated 8.9 billion baht in Suvarnabhumi area of Samut Prakan province confiscated from Krisda Mahanakorn Group or AQ Estate public company.

The department director-general Ms Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol said Friday (April 20) that the state-run Krungthai Bank which owns all 215 land plots totaling 4,340 rai wanted to auction off the entire land in one auction because all the land plots are adjoining as a huge tract of land.

The land plots in question were seized from the Krisda Mahanakorn Group after the group failed to settle its huge debt owed to the bank. The loan was granted to the real estate company over a decade ago during the government of then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Ms Ruenvadee also disclosed that the department had auctioned two plots of land held under the name of Mr Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, former chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives – one plot in Samut Prakan worth about 107 million baht and another plot in Kanchanaburi, worth about 267 million baht.

She said that there are still several land plots in Chiang Rai, Uthai Thani and Nakhon Nayok worth altogether 100 million baht bought by Mr Supachai allegedly with proceeds embezzled from the cooperatives.  

Mr Supachai is currently held in prison on multiple fraud charges for alleged misuse of the cooperatives’ fund for his vested interest.  The alleged fraud has affected about 13,000 members of the cooperatives whose hard-earned savings have been plundered.

Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives has been placed under a 26-year rehabilitation plan.

20 Apr 2018
11:39 am

Four bull sharks were sighted in the sea near Khao Tao in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan by authorities conducting searches on patrol boats and by drones.     

Thipamas Upnoi, director of  the Marine and Coastal Resources and Development Centre at the Central Gulf of Thailand said the observation operation which began late yesterday (April 19) until Friday morning found four sharks, believed to be bull sharks in the area off Khao Tao in Hua Hin.

She said the sharks are about 1-2 metres long. They were sighted swimming on the sea surface.

The operation followed the April 15 shark attack of a Norwegian tourist swimming near Hat Sai Noi. He sustained injuries to his leg and is now in safe condition.

Bannarak Sermthong, director of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Office 4, said Khao Tao is a big rock hill in the sea coast with no beach. Such location is good for sharks to live during the day when the sea temperature is high, he said.

 

He said the sighting of sharks in the area is the indicator of good marine environment in the area.

Mr Bannarak said authorities from several government agencies who included tourist police, civil disaster relief volunteers, district officials, jet skiers, and soldiers were deployed at Sai Noi beach for emergency response.

At least 10 signs banning tourists from swimming in the area have been erected on the beach but some tourists still didn’t listen to warning and still went swimming in the sea, he noted.

He also said shark prevention net of 300 metres wide and bouys have been erected 100 metres off Sai Noi beach at the depth of 20 metres to ensure safety for tourists swimming in the sea.

19 Apr 2018
9:47 pm

A 60-year-old Brunei woman drowned while swimming in the sea of Krabi province on Wednesday (April 18).

Mr Worapot Lomlim, chief of Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi national park, said Thursday that the victim, Miss Pg Hjh Jamilah Pg Hj Othman, was among a tour group of Mariam Tour Company.

He said that the victim was swimming in Talay Waek near Boda island when she accidentally drowned.

He added that officials and tour guides plucked her from the sea and gave her CPR before the arrival of an ambulance to have her sent to the provincial hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Brunei Darussalam ambassador to Thailand Mr Haji Ismail bin Haji Abd Manap flew to Krabi and then proceeded to the masjid in Ban Klong Hin, Tambon Sai Thai, to attend a religious ceremony before bringing the victim’s body back to Brunei Darussalam. 

The Royal Thai Police’s deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen clarified that the woman was not member of the royal family of Brunei Darussalam as earlier reported.

 

19 Apr 2018
7:26 pm

Cooperation between Thailand and Alibaba Group in various aspects from e-commerce, personnel development, digital technology to tourism and investment will be mutually beneficial and will help strengthen the Thai economy, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday (April 19).

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at the Government House and the two men held talks on various issues of mutual interest.

The prime minister told the media after the meeting that he told Mr Ma that Thailand didn’t just want to engage on business with Alibaba, but also wanted to get help from China’s e-commerce giant in the development of several areas which Thailand still lags behind.  

He said Alibaba is willing to offer a helping hand, quoting Mr Ma as saying that he didn’t want to just focus on business matter because he has already had enough of it.

Four Memorandums of Understanding were signed between Alibaba Group and the Industry Ministry and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). They cover cooperation in skill development in e-commerce for small and medium-siezed Thai entrepreneurs; the development of digital talent and the creation of talent networking; promotion of digital tourism with the TAT cooperating with Alibaba’s leading online tourism firm, Fliggy.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said that Alibaba had decided to invest in smart digital hub project in the Eastern Economic Corridor because the company has confidence in the Thai economy and the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy.

He explained that the smart digital hub would link with all Thai SMEs, farm groups and OTOP groups so that they will have access to markets in China and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce and Alibaba Group have kicked off the launch of the Thai Rice Flagship Store in Alibaba’s Tmall.com, China’s largest online retailing website which has access to over 1.4 billion Chinese consumers.

Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said that the launch of the store in Tmall.com website would greately help exporters of Thai rice and rice products to penetrate China e-Commerce in a tangible manner.

Besides rice, he said that the ministry had joined hands with Alibaba Group in the launch of Thai durian sale campaign in the online retailing website to be followed, later on, with more Thai fruits such as mangosteen, mango, coconut and custard apple.

The minister said that Thai exporters who would be able to sell rice and rice products through Tmall.com must be members of Thaitrade.com.

Apart from cooperation in online retailing business, the Ministry of Industry will cooperate with Alibaba Business School to help Thai business operators boost their export business via e-commerce.

19 Apr 2018
6:51 pm

An Australia-based mining company has announced the second discovery of gold and silver deposits at its drilling site in Preah Vihear province, the Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Thursday (April 19).

In a statement released on the Australian stock market on Wednesday, Geopacific Resources, announced the discovery of a new zone of gold and silver at its Prospect 118 site in Preah Vihear province.

The gold and silver were found in epithermal deposits which are typical small in size but high in concentration of minerals.  These types of deposits are likely caused by the circulation of sub-surface water which breaks down organic compounds in the soil and mineralizes them.

Geopacific Resources managing director Ron Heeks said more gold was likely to be discovered.

With much of the land still unexplored by drilling, the most recent discoveries indicate that there remains significant deposits to be uncovered at the site, said Heeks in the release.

“The results from this drilling indicate that we have probably encountered an outflow zone of epithermal system and that the main zone may be located nearby,” he added.

19 Apr 2018
3:46 pm

The military is closely monitoring reaction by disciples and followers of the five senior monks implicated in  temple fund embezzlement but so far there was no unusual movement.

This was disclosed yesterday by spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Maj Gen  Piyaphong Klinphan after Pol Lt-Col Pongporn Pramsaneh, the director of the National Office of Buddhism, filed a complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission against the five senior monks accusing them of corruption.

The five senior monks include three Sangha Council members namely Phra Promdilok, abbot of Wat Sam Phraya; Phra Prommethi, assistant abbot of Wat Samphanthawong; and Phra Promsit, abbot of Wat Saket; Phra Methisuthikorn, assistant abbot of Wat Saket; and Phra Vichitthammaporn, assistant abbot of Wat Saket.

The spokesman said that monitoring of the movement up to this point, there were no reports of unusual activities by the Buddhist fraternity or the disciples of the five senior monks accused of mismanaging monastic funds allocated for Phra Pariyati Dharma religious schools at three temples in Bangkok.

But he said in any event, the NCPO was not being complacent and was keeping a close eye on developments to maintain peace and order.

18 Apr 2018
11:04 pm

The deputy superintendent of Phayakkhaphum Phisai police station in Maha Sarakham was transferred to an inactive post at the provincial police operations centre for his alleged improper conduct toward one of his subordinates and toward the public.

The abrupt transfer ordered by Pol Maj-Gen Apisak Dechakamphu, the provincial police commander, followed a post in the social media today of the alleged improper conduct and abuse of Pol Lt-Col Yuttha Banchongpru on Tuesday night (April 17).

It was reported that during the inspection trip Tuesday night, Pol Lt-Col Yuttha ordered all policemen manning police booths to report to him at a roadside spot.  But one of the officers came late and was ordered to make 30 push-ups and roll on the sandy ground by the road.

The deputy superintendent also ordered villagers who witnessed the incident not to interfere with him or to show sympathy for the allegedly abused cop.  He also snatched a smartphone from one of the witnesses to stop him from taking pictures of the incident.

18 Apr 2018
10:02 pm

A police senior sergeant major will face an investigation over an unusual incident on Monday night (April 16) when he reportedly ran away from a drunken suspect after being threatened.

The conduct of the police officer, Pol Snr Sgt-Maj Pitak Woramoon, a traffic policeman attached to the Metropolitan Police Bureau, especially his panicky escape from the suspect, has sparked off a flood of criticism from netizens when a clip showing him shout for help was posted in the social media.

It was reported that Pol Snr Sgt-Maj Pitak stopped a car with three men inside at a road block and he found the driver, a Myanmar national, appeared to be drunk.  Then he boarded the suspect’s car and ordered him to drive to Thonglor police station where he expected to book the driver on charge of drunk driving.

However, the driver didn’t head for Thonglor police station, but took a different route and while the car was travelling he allegedly threatened the police officer, prompting the latter to fear for his own safety.  The jumped out of the car and shouted for help from taxi drivers.

Commenting on the unusual incident on Wednesday (April 18), Pol Lt-Gen Charnthep Sesavej, commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said he faulted Pol Snr Sgt-Maj Pitak of disciplinary violation for allowing a suspect to escape.

The fact that Pol Snr Sgt-Maj Pitak allowed the suspect to drive his car after being arrested of drunk driving amounted to another violation, he said, adding that he wanted to find out whether the road block was legally set up or not.

For the time being, the commissioner said that he ordered a panel to be set up to determine whether the police officer failed to do his job properly and whether disciplinary action should be taken against him.

18 Apr 2018
9:34 pm

Two of the four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants wanted in Malaysia have been detained by Thai security forces in southern Thailand, but the two others have escaped, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon today (April 18).

He did not give any details of the two detainees, but said that they were being grilled by security forces to find out whether they were actually IS members or not.

The deputy prime minister insisted that there was no IS terror cell in Thailand, but said that it was possible that the terror group might try to form a cell here, noting that the extremist militants had already tried in other countries.

“They (IS militants) are trying and have a tendency to do because they had done in other countries.  But we have been closely monitoring and taking precautions regarding IS and terrorism which may occur especially in three southernmost provinces,” said Gen Prawit.

It has not been disclosed if the two suspects would be handed over the Malaysian police.

 

Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, the national police chief, said police had been in regular contact with their Malaysian counterpart and police were investigating the case.  But he declined to elaborate.

Meanwhile, Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command of the Fourth Army Region, said confirmed Malaysian media’s reports that one of the 4 IS suspects wanted by Malaysia was a native of Cho-Airong district of Narathiwat, Awae Wae-eya.

Col Pramote

He insisted that Awae, an unemployed, had no connection with the Islamic State, but he made use of the social media to promote himself so he would be recognized by foreign IS abroad.

He said that Awae earlier told security officers he made up the story and used the social media to win recognition from the IS.

18 Apr 2018
5:34 pm

Four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants are believed to be hiding in Thailand’s southern border provinces to evade arrest by Malaysian police following the recent arrest of some members of their terror cell, The Star Online reported Wednesday (April 18).

The four suspected IS militants were identified by Malaysian police as Mumaham Faizal Muhamad Hanafi, 29; Muhamad Hanafi Yah, 51; Nor Farkhan Mohd Isa, 31; and Awae Wae-eya, 37, who is from Cho Airong district of Narathiwat.

Six members of the terror cell were detained in Johor by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division during February 27-March 1.

A source told The Star Online that the remaining four were believed to have fled to southern Thailand and they are considered to be highly dangerous and armed with weapons suspected to be supplied by a terror cell in southern Thailand.

The source said authorities believe they are not giving up their mission.

On Monday, Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police were hunting for the four militants as they pose a danger to the country’s security.

He warned any individuals of providing sanctuary to the four suspected militants, withholding information about their whereabouts or in complicity with them  would face action under Section 130M, 130K and 130L of the Penal Code which carry jailterms from seven to 30 years.

He also urged anyone with information about the four to contact the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division or to go to the nearest police station.

18 Apr 2018
1:06 pm

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department says summer storms have wreaked havoc to 30 provinces, and killed four persons over the past five days.

Director-general of the department Mr Chayapol Thitisak said summer storms that happened between April 13 and 17 have killed four persons and caused damages to houses in 30 provinces.

He said 3,033 houses in 477 villages of 209 districts in 30 provinces were damaged by storms.

Four people also died from storm-related incidents.

A house damaged by summer storm in Phitsanulok.

The affected provinces included 11 in the North, 16 in the Northeast, and 3 in the Central.

Relief officials have been dispatched to the affected areas to assess the situation and to hand out primary assistance to the people, he said.

Emergency response teams are placed on stand by to monitor the weather condition closely so that they could go out immediately to assist the affected people, Mr Chayapol said, adding that people could call hotline 1784 for help in case of emergency.

The Thai Meteorological Department today (April 18) issued summer thunderstorm warning for 16 provinces. People should keep off unsecured building and outdoor and farmers beware of crop damage.

Affected provinces are:

  • North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan and Phrae.
  • Central: Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri and Ratchaburi.
  • South: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon.

18 Apr 2018
11:40 am

More traffic lanes on the Ramkhamhaeng road will be closed to facilitate the construction of the third underground section of the Orange Line connecting Hua Mark with Khlong Ban Ma.

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRT) said on Wednesday (April 18) that as the contractor, Italian-Thai Development, will begin to construct the underground section of the Orange Line and subway station connecting Hua Mark with Khlong Ban Ma, it is therefore necessary to close traffic lanes on Ramkhamhaeng road to facilitate the construction.

MRT said it will close one inbound traffic lane from Soi Ramkhamhaeng 64-64/3 and one outbound traffic lane from Soi Ramkhamhaeng 105 – 109 (in front of Amway (Thailand) Co Ltd), starting from 10pm on April 21 onward.

The traffic closure will be around the clock, it said and advised motorists to use other route instead as the road will be left with only two lanes each for both inbound and outbound traffic during the construction period.

But it said that drivers still could enter or exit all sois along the closed section of the road as usual.

It added that during the construction, city officials will put up warning signs and lights for safety driving and no parking will be allowed in the closed section.

The Orange Line will be open to service in 2023.

17 Apr 2018
9:28 pm

Overpricing of lottery tickets will be liable to a maximum one-month jailterm and/or a fine of 10,000 baht instead of a 2,000-baht fine under an amended Government Lottery Office Act approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday (April 17).

The amended law also seeks to ban the sale of lottery tickets in educational institutes and to people less than 20 years old.  The penalty for violators is similar to that for lottery overpricing.

Altogether 17 sections of the existing GLO Act were amended.  But the essence of the amendments concerns the allocation of lottery revenue, with 60 percent of the revenue from the sale of lottery tickets for each draw to be allocated as prize money; 22 percent to be sent to the state coffers; 17 percent as management fees.

Two percent of the revenue will go to associations and organizations and one percent to a fund for social development.

Twelve percent of the management fees will be discount given to lottery vendors or the retailers instead of 7 percent as it is now.  

“This means that a vendor who sells lottery at 80 baht apiece will in the future get 9.60 baht price difference instead of 5.60 baht,” said Col Boonsong Chansri, deputy director of the GLO.

He added that the amended law would allow the GLO to issue new products for sale which could be Lotto or online lottery.  However, the said the matter had yet to be studied.

17 Apr 2018
5:55 pm

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has dispatched a team of experts on a patrol boat to look for sharks in the sea of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan after one foreign tourist was reported to be attacked by a shark as he was swimming in the sea.

Mr Sophon Thongdee, deputy director of the department, said Tuesday (April 17) that experts were not sure that the tourist was attacked by a shark because there had never been a single case of shark attack in the Gulf of Thailand except a case in Phuket in the Andaman sea last year.

Nevertheless, he said that a team of experts was dispatched on a patrol boat patrolling the Hua Hin sea from Wat Tham Khao Tao through Khao Tao beach, Hat Sai Yai, Hat Sai Noi and Hat Hua Hin beaches to look for sharks.

He said that the officials would also talk with the abbot of Wat Tham Khao Tao who claimed to have seen sharks swimming near the beach at the temple in the afternoon.

The abbot, Phra Khru Boonyapiram, claimed he had taken still pictures and video of the shark with his smart phone on April 16 and posted them on the social media.

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Posted by เพจคนปราณบุรี on Monday, 16 April 2018

 

In the meantime, Mr Sophon said that the wounds on the victim had to be examined carefully by forensic experts who would be able to give the answer whether they were inflicted by a shark or not.

Admitting that the report of shark attack is affecting tourism business, the deputy director-general said, if there are actually a shark or sharks in the Hua Hin sea, officials would try to catch them and have them sent elsewhere “but that depends on whether it can be proven that there is a shark or more sharks in the Hua Hin sea.”

17 Apr 2018
12:46 pm

Road accidents during the past six days of the long Songkran holidays from April 11-16 have claimed the lives of 378 people, and injured 3,575 others.

Only on Monday April 16, 49 people died and 464 others were injured in 426 road accidents which happened in a single day yesterday, according to the Road Safety Centre.

The centre spokesman Lt Gen Thanes Kalapruek said motorcycle crashes topped most accidents yesterday or 81.80%.

Speeding was blamed as the major cause (28.47%), followed by drunk driving (27.28%), he said.

Most accidents happened in straight part of the roads (64.0%), highways  (39.6%), and secondary roads in rural areas (34.82%).

Most accident time was between 16.01 and  20.00 hrs.

In total, he said, 378 died and  3,575 were injured in  3,418 cases of accidents during the past six days of the holidays from April 11-16.

He said the ages of most victims were from 50 and over or  28.07%.

He said 65,226 officials were pisted on duties during the  period and 856,446 vehicles were checked.

He said 176,415 drivers were arrested which 49,866 of them for not wearing helmets, and 46,067 for having no driving licences.

Nakhon Ratchasina had the highest death toll of 19 in six days, while Chiang Mai had the highest injuries of 136 and highest accidents of 126 cases.

Provinces with zero death toll during the six day period were Yala, Ranong, Satun, Samut Songkram, Nong Khai and Nong Bualampoo.

17 Apr 2018
12:28 pm

A Yala-Bangkok sprinter train was partially damaged after hitting a metal objectwhile it was running in Kui Buri district of Prachuab Khiri Khan province early on Tuesday(Apr 17).

The crash with the object, later proved to be a large metal sheet, at 5.00am happened near the railway crossing at Ban Nong Tasua in Tambon Kui Buri, causing damages to the braking systems of three cars on the front, and the motor oil tank for the  air conditioning system.

The train couldn’t proceed further forcing the evacuation of some 424 passengers on six  cars to buses instead.

Railway engineers later detached the two damages cars from the train and used the third car to slowly drag the train to Kui Buri railway station for checking.

According to railway officials, it was not known exactly the cause of the crash as they and local police checked the route but found nothing obstructing the tracks.

They found only a large metal sheet tainted with motor oil near the rail line with traces showing it was hit by train.

Railway officials and police did not establish the incident was  intentional or accidental but said that in  January last year, unknown number of ill- intention people blocked the rail line with wood sleepers, and in January this year, 7 concrete fence poles were also used to block the  rail line at Klong Chaitong in Prachuab Khiri Khan, 5 kilometres away from today’s scene.




 

 

 

 

17 Apr 2018
11:09 am

As authorities in Hua Hin remain uncertain if claims of shark attack at a foreigner swimming at Hat Sai Noi beach were real or just injuries from sharp rocks, warning signs are now erected at the beach asking tourists not to swim in deep sea or 20 metres from the beach where shark attack was claimed.

But a fishery expert viewed it was very likely that it was a real attack by black tip reef shark.

“This kind of shark is so cute as kitties or puppies and is not fierce. But it doesn’t mean that if they are cute, they don’t bite. It is like kitties and puppies that also bite but they don’t mean to hurt,” said Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, deputy dean of Kasersart University’s Faculty of Fisheries on his Facebook page yesterday.

Hat Sai Noi beach

He said it was possible that the shark might assume that the foreigner’s leg might be another fish, and it then tried to bite.

But shark teeth are sharp and that the bites might cause bleeding, he said.

He asked tourists not to panic as such incident was rare or 1 in 200 million times per year.

He reiterated that black tip reef shark is not a dangerous species and it never attack human.

According to the fishery expert the last time of fatal shark attack in Thailand was in 1965 when a man known only as Chalerm was killed in an attack by tiger shark in Chon Buri beach.

After that another tourist was injured when a shark bit him in the leg in Pha-ngan Island.

But despite of his assurance of black top reef shark, warning signs were erected at the Hat Sai Noi beach by Hua Hin City officials asking tourists nitvti swim in deep sea or over 20 metres from the beach.

Hua Hin city mayor Nopporn Wuthikul said authorities from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Tourist Police Bureau, and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department to keep watch on shore and in sea to ensure safety for tourists during this period until it becomes certain of the attack.

The foreigner lived with his Thai wife in Hua Hin. He was attacked on April 15 and is still at Krungthep Hua Hin hospital.

 

16 Apr 2018
9:18 pm

Tourist police have arrested a taxi driver who picked up a female passenger from Suvarnabhumi international airport for a ride to Huay Kwang but allegedly dumped her on the motorway after she refused to pay him 500 baht as taxi fare as he demanded.

The passenger who managed to hail another taxi which brought her home in Huay Kwang later posted in her Facebook account her bad experience with the cabbie working at Suvarnbhumi international airport.

Tourist police based at the airport later managed to track down the taxi driver, identified as Boonchuey Pimnont, and made the arrest along with his taxi. A search of his car uncovered a small amount of Ice.

During the interrogation, Boonchuey admitted that he was hooked to Ice several years ago and had to consume it on daily basis. He also admitted that he picked up the female passenger at the airport and, after leaving the airport, he demanded from her 500 baht as taxi fare and refused to use the taxi meter.

The cabbie claimed that, during festive occasions such as Songkran and New Year, most taxi drivers at the airport would normally refuse to use taxi meters, but would charge a lum sum fare from their passengers.

He was, however, charged with possessing illicit drug, using drug while driving, refusing to send his passenger to the destination and not using taxi meter.

Tourist police said they would ask the Land Transport Department to revoke his driving license.

 

16 Apr 2018
5:37 pm

Twenty-nine passengers were injured when a tour bus in which they were travelling from Udon Thani skidded off the lane, climbed on a road island and turned one-side up in Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya province on Monday morning.

Some of the passengers later told police that they suspected the bus driver might temporarily dozed off due to lack of rest as the bus moved unsteadily before it skidded off the lane, climbed on a road island and turned one side up.

The driver, identified as Thitikorn Onlert, 34, fled the scene after the accident.

Land transport official based in Ayutthaya province said that the GPS system on the bus showed the bus was cruising at an average of about 70 kph. He added that it was lucky that there was a big hole on the road island which appeared to have stopped the vehicle from jumping into the parallel road and ending up hitting a roadside power pole.

The official said that the driver would have his driving license permanently seized so he would not be able to drive a bus again.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene and sent all the injured who included nine men, 19 women and one girl to Karoonvej hospital for first aid treatment.

None of them were seriously injured and all were later picked up by another bus sent by its company.


16 Apr 2018
4:54 pm

A 30-year old bull elephant wellknown among villagers in Tambon Pluang Thong of Chon Buri’s Bo Thong district for its single ivory tusk and shortened tail was killed, believed electrocuted, at a pineapple plantation in Village Two of Tambon Pluang Thong on Sunday(Apr 15).

Officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation based in Si Racha district were alerted of the jumbo’death by villagers in Tam,bon Pluang Thong and a team was immediately sent to the scene to investigate.

Mr Yu Senatham, head of the Si Racha office, said officials had collected samples of vital organs of the dead elephant to be sent to the department’s laboratory for examination to determine the cause of its death.

But he said he suspected the elephant was electrocuted and a complaint would be lodged with Bo Thong police to look for the perpetrator.

A one-minute clip posted in the social media by officials of Ang Runai wildlife sanctuary after Sunday’s tragedy shows the animal of being friendly and good- tempered and a familiar figure in Chon Buri and Rayong.

Meanwhile, an informed police source said that the elephant’s trunk was badly burned, suggesting that it was electrocuted. He said that the elephant was found dead about 100 metres from the burial site of another jumbo which was electrocuted on March 25.

(Photo: Ang Ru Nai Animal and Wildlife Reserve Protection Area)

 

A guard of the pineapple plantation where the dead elephant was found on Sunday, identified as Samin Chansamut, 45, was arrested by the police allegedly for discharging electricity into the barbed wire fence of the plantation which killed the elephant on March 25.

The case against him is still pending in the court.

Officials suspected that Samin might be responsible for the Sunday’s death of the one-tusk elephant and would urge the police to look for him for interrogation.

 

16 Apr 2018
1:30 pm

A total of 323 Songkran celebrants were killed and 3,140 others were injured in the past five days of the Songkran festival.

According to the Road Safety Centre, only on April 15, or the fifth day of the  7-day dangerous period starting April 11, 69 people died and 589 were injured in a total of 552 road accidents in  single day on Sunday.

Most fatal accidents were blamed on drink driving (42.03%), and speeding (25.72%).

Motorcycle crashes recorded most of the road accidents (78.53%).

Chiang Mai had the highest road accidents of 20 cases, and  highest injuries of 27, while Chonburi had the highest death toll of six yesterday.

For  the five-day period from April 11 to 15, the centre said there were 3,001 road accidents, 323 deaths, and 3,140 injuries.

Chiang Mai  had the highest accumulated accidents of 119 cases, and 136 injuries in the past five days, while Nakhon Ratchasima recorded the highest death toll of 19.

For drink driving offence, the centre said 21,829 drivers were arrested.

It said although more drink drivers were arrested, road accidents remained on the increase.

It added that as today will be the last day of the long Songkran holidays, more safety checks will still be strictly enforced to ensure people safe return to the capital.

16 Apr 2018
12:26 pm

The National Council for Peace and Order revealed on Monday that officials have seized 10,099 cars and motorcycles, and arrested 113,450 drivers of motorcycles, and 69,898 drivers of public transport  vehicles and  private cars for drink driving  during April 11-15.

NCPO deputy spokesperson  Colonel Sirichan Ngathong said of the 10,099 vehicles seized, 7,372 are motorcycles, and 2,727 are cars.

She said only on April 15,  a total of 52,698 traffic offences were committed by motorcycle drivers, and  2,069 motorcycles were seized.

Officials have also  seized driving licences of 2,999 motorcycle drivers on April 15 alone, she said.

She said 41,443 motorcycle drivers  were arrested and charged in the court.

For public transport vehicles and private cars, a total of 38,956 traffic offences were committed by drivers.

Officials have seized driving licences of  38,956 drivers, seized 814 cars, and charged 24,936 drivers in the court.

15 Apr 2018
9:40 pm

Seven youths have been arrested for gang-attacking a 25-year old man until he passed out on a road in the municipal area of Nakhon Ratchasima during Songkran celebration on Saturday (Apr 14).

The seven youths were arrested by Nakhon Ratchasima police on Sunday and charged with assault, causing serious injuries to the victim and being drunk as they beat up the victim. Three other youths are still at large.

Pol Gen Veerachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, on Sunday paid a visit to the injured, Mr Athisak, who was being treated at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima hospital under police protection for fear that his assailants might come to harm him.

Athisak told Pol Gen Veerachai that he didn’t know his assailants but admitted he got into a quarrel with one of them and they engaged in a fistfight. But after both of them fell on the ground, the other youths came in to gang-attack him, he said.

15 Apr 2018
3:30 pm

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has clarified that the land plot in Doi Suthep mountain on which the controversial judges’ housing project is located is outside the territory of Doi Suthep-Pui national park from the very beginning and the department has never issued a Royal Decree to cede the land plot for the construction of the project.

According to the department chief Mr Tunya Netithammakul, the land which is now the Doi Suthep-Pui national park was originally declared “prohibited” for the Royal Forestry Department by virtue of a Royal Decree B.e. 2492 before there was a ministerial regulation issued in 1964 turning it into Doi Suthep national forest reserves before it became a national park.

However, the national park land has overlapped with the land being utilized by state agencies. Later in 2017, a Royal Decree was promulgated excluding the land being used by nine state agencies from the national park land. The nine agencies include the Agricultural Technique Department, the Highland Research and Development Institute (a public company), the Chiang Mai night safari, the Ping Nakorn Office (a public company), the Chiang Mai Rice Seeds Centre under the Royal Projects Foundation, the Rice Department, the Agricultural Promotion and Development Region 6 Office and the National Office of Buddhism.

The land plot on which the housing project of the Region 5 Appeals Court is located used to be “prohibited” land under the supervision of the military in accordance with the Royal Decree B.E. 2483. But in 1957, the “prohibited land” covering over 23,000 rai was ceded by the military to the control of the Treasury Department.

In 1997, a 147-rai land plot of the Treasury Department’s land was ceded to the 5th Region Appeals Court for the construction of a court house and housing units for judges and officials.

Construction started in 2014 and it is now over 90 percent completed.

 

15 Apr 2018
1:45 pm

The death toll from 2,449 road accidents in the past four days during April 11-14 rose to 248 and 2,557 injured, with 57 deaths and 626 injured in 603 accidents on April 14 alone, according to the statistics of the Centre for the Protection and Reduction of Road Accidents during Songkran festival.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, deputy permanent secretary of public health in his capacity as the chairman of the centre, said on Sunday that drink driving accounted for the 43.62 percent of the road accidents which was the highest, followed by speeding, 25.70 percent.

Motorcycles accounted for the highest number of road accidents at 79.58 percent of all the road accidents and 65.17 percent of the accidents occurred on straight roads; 43.62 percent of the accidents on secondary roads in villages and areas under the jurisdiction of tambon organization organizations; and 32.84 percent on roads under the jurisdiction of the Highways Department.

30.68 percent of the road accidents occurred during 4 pm-8 pm and adults aged over 50 accounted for the highest number of casualties at 22.11 percent.

For the past for days, Chiang Mai ranks top with the highest number of road accidents at 99 and the highest number of injured at 109 while Nakhon Ratchasima ranks top with the highest death toll at 17.

There are eight provinces which do not have a single death toll from road accidents. They are Yala, Ranong, Lop Buri, Satun, Samut Songkram, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu and Ang Thong.

Altogether 65,491 officials of different units were mobilized on main and secondary roads across the country to check vehicles. For the past four days, they have checked 858,520 cars and motorcycles and, of these, 181,692 people were arrested and charged, including 50,603 cases of not wearing crash helmets and 48,061 cases of driving or riding without driver’s licenses.

Dr Opas pointed out that from road accidents on April 13-14, it was discovered that secondary roads and roads linking one district with another claimed the highest number of accidents as people engaged in water splashing and several of them drank alcohol.

Most of the accidents involving motorcycles were caused by speeding and drink driving, he said, adding that he had instructed officials concerned to tighten up measures against drink driving and riding without crash helmets.

Interior deputy permanent secretary Mr Supachai Iamsuwan said several Songkran revelers have started to return to Bangkok today with many more expected to return tomorrow. He added that instructed officials to adjust their road checkpoints to check on vehicles heading back to Bangkok.

14 Apr 2018
10:45 pm

A Vietnamese para-glider sustained serious injuries after she crashed into a cliff face as a result of sudden strong wind in Si Khieu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province today (Saturday).

The victim was among some 150 para-gliders from 10 countries namely China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand participating in the international para-gliding meeting and training during April 6- 15 hosted by the Thai Para-gliding Association at Khao Sadao in Si Khieu district.

About 50 officials and villagers launched a search for Ms Run, the Vietnamese para-glider after she lost control of her para-glider which eventually crashed into a 300-metre cliff.

After about 5-hour search, the search team found her lying amid bamboo shrubs with a broken left leg and a fractured left collarbone and bruises on her body.

She was later to the district hospital for medical treatment.

14 Apr 2018
10:20 pm

A Russian man was arrested today (Apr 14) at Suvarnabhumi international airport after Chon Buri police and immigration officials have launched a manhunt for a Russian who allegedly robbed almost one million baht in cash from a money exchange booth opposite the Ambassador Jom Thien hotel in Sattahip district of Chon Buri on Saturday morning.

From footage of the CCTV system installed at the money exchange kiosk, police identified the suspected lone robber as Nikolay Rybalov, 32.

Police said that the suspect arrived at the kiosk, pretending to exchange money with the female staff, 30-year old Ms Sunee Kaewyu. Then he started punching at her until she went unconscious in the kiosk and grabbed the money bag, containing almost one million baht, before speeding off in his motorcycle.

A police team, led by Pol Col Arthorn Chimthong, the superintendent of Na Jom Thien police, rushed to the scene of the robbery and found Ms Sunee inside the kiosk.

Pol Col Arthorn said that the victim sustained injuries on her face and still could not testify to the police.

Police found the suspected robber’s motorcycle parked inside a house in Dusit Lake 2 housing estate, Banglamung district. But the suspect was not there and was reported to have left in a car to an unknown destination.

Later, The suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport as he tried to leave the country. He will be escorted to Na Chom Thian police station in Chon Buri for more interrogation tomorrow.

14 Apr 2018
6:23 pm

A wellknown acrobatic motorcycle stuntman died on Friday when he crashed his big bike into the rear of car on the in-bound highway heading toward Lampang’s Muang district.

The victim was identified by police as 20-year old Thanapol Sapsad, a native of Lampang and the acrobatic motorcycle champion at the KTM Bangkok Downtown Fest with Rok Bagoros last year.

According to eyewitness account, police said that, shortly before the collision, a group of policemen and rescue workers were pulling a car out of a roadside ditch and then, out of a sudden, a speeding big bike rammed into the rear of a Mitsubishi Pajero which was running in front.

The stuntman was killed at the scene of the accident while the driver of the Pajero, a former district chief, was unhurt.

 

 

14 Apr 2018
3:03 pm

Thai New Year or Songkran celebration resumed in full force again on Saturday(Apr 13) for the third straight day, especially on Khao San Road, with thousands of both local and foreign heavily equipped  with water guns firing at each other under the heat of the summer sun.

Revelers entering the battle ground on Khao San road still have to pass through security checks by police.

Metropolitan police said they  are stepping up on security and banning the sale of alcoholic beverages so as to ensure revelers play with funs and happiness.

They will patrol the celebration area and its vicinity starting from Chakrabhongse Road, Ratchadamnoen Klang, Rammabutri, Tanao and Kraisri which have been deemed the Five Safety Zones where they said  security is particular more vigilantly conducted.

The police have asked revelers to refrain from wearing jewelry and to take care of their  mobile phones as pick pocketing is usually rampant in crowded festivities areas.

Today was the third  day of the Songkran Festivities on Khao San road where hundreds of thousands of people, both tourists and locals alike, gather to partake in the biggest splash party of the year.

The Khao San Road Business Association has  launched this year’s Thai New Year Celebrations under the theme, Celebrating and Commemorating Thailand’s Culture & Tradition.

As is the tradition of the festivities,  a number of vendors still set up stalls to sell the ever popular and essential water guns, as well as food and drinks for revelers.

Khao San Road is one of the most popular celebration areas in the capital for both locals and tourists keen to participate in rampant water splashing as is the tradition of the Songkran festivities.

Authorities will shut the water  splashing battles in Khao San at 9 pm every day until 15 April 2018.

Meanwhile at another popular spot, Silom Road, the atmosphere today remained robust as  local and foreign tourists passing screening areas before  entering the battle fields.

Celebrants will be searched to prevent the bringing of the prohibited items into the festival including weapons and alcoholic drinks.

Organiser of the festivities in Silom financial district of Bangkok highlighted safe Songkran without alcohol this year.

Local and foreign celebrants crowded the one kilometer long of Silom road yesterday, the first day of the closure of Silom road for the Songkran festival.

Celebration went in full force  during the evening  when the summer heat was slowly dropping in temperatures.

For Saturday, more fun is expected during the night.

Several celebrants were seen wearing traditional costume as encouraged by the government to wear traditional attire in celebrating the Thai traditional New Year.

14 Apr 2018
1:34 pm

A lone robber turned himself in to the police in Chumphon province to face armed robbery and murder charges.

Ronakorn Supamongkollert, 26, surrendered to Pol Lt Gen Sorasak Yenprem, commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 8, after he was wanted for killing a woman shopper, Mrs Tasanee Chaisri, 56, and snatching her  handbag and gold necklace while she was at the toilet of Tesco Lotus Chumphon on the night of April 11.

Ronakorn admitted to assaulting the woman with knife when she resisted and screamed for help.

He said he had no intention to kill her but just wanted her money.

He said he followed her into the toilet after  noticing her wearing gold necklace and carrying handbag.

He said he planned the robbery just to pay for debt resulted from  soccer bet.

The police said the robber had a criminal record for murder when he was 16.

Following the armed robberies at Tesco Lotus  Chumphon twice which two victims were killed, the police have asked the firm to step up security measures and install more safety devices to ensure safe shopping.

14 Apr 2018
12:19 pm

As celebration of the Songkran water continued today for the third day, death toll from traffic accidents on highways and secondary roads nationwide relevant to the festivities now climbed to 188 with 1,943 injuries.

Only in a single day yesterday, April 13, 86 people were killed, and 852 injured in 820 cases of traffic accidents.

The Road Safety Centre said that in total, 188 people were killed, and 1,934 were injured in three days of the  7-day dangerous period beginning  April 11-17 of  the Songkran festival.

It said authorities took notes of 1,846 cases of traffic accidents from April 11 to 13.

Road Safety Centre spokesman Pol Maj Gen Ekarak Limsangkart said drink driving remained the key cause of most traffic accidents (47.56%), following by speeding (27.44%), while motorcycle crashes recording the highest fatal accidents (78.66%).

He said 64.51% of fatal crashes happened in straight sections of roads, 36.95% in rural roads, and 36.83%  in provincial highways.

Traffic accidents happened mostly between 16.01 – 20.00 hrs and most fatalities were of ages 30-39 (29.02%).

He said a total 172,294 traffic offenders were arrested, 50,197 of which for not wearing helmets, and  45,485 for driving with no licences.

Chiang Mai recorded the highest accumulated accident cases of 65, and accumulated injuries of 70 people, while Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, and Phetchabun had the highest death crashes of eight each.

13 Apr 2018
10:38 pm

The Nong Ya Plong district livestock office in Phetchaburi province has declared the district a temporary epidemic zone for rabies after one dog was found to be infected with the deadly disease.

Mr Isara Lasudta, the district livestock official, said that the male dog, about one year and five months, in Village 4 of Tambon Nong Ya Plong, was found to be infected with rabies on April 11.

The epidemic zone has come into force as of April 11 until May 10.

Earlier, Tha Yang and Khao Yoi districts were declared epidemic zones for rabies by livestock officials of the two respective districts.

 

13 Apr 2018
6:38 pm

Two women, one of them seven-month pregnant, drowned in the Chi river in Ubon Ratchathani’s Kherng Nai district this morning (Friday) as they tried to help two drowning men.

The tragedy occurred at about 11.30 am when 35-year Ms Sudjai Pansiri who was seven-month pregnant jumped into the Chi river in Ban Kud Kasien to rescue her 13-year old son who was struggling in the river and about to drown.

Then a man, identified as Mr Chaiyan Jinarak, saw the incident and jumped into the river to offer another helping hand.  The boy was rescued but his pregnant mother drowned.

Witnesses said Chaiyan then became exhausted and appeared to be drowning in the mid river, prompting his wife, Mrs Siriyom, to jump into the water to help. Unfortunately, Mrs Siriyom fell into the river channel and drowned by the strong current while Chaiyan managed to swim to safety.

Villagers then organized a search in the river and found the body of Ms Sudjai about 30 metres from where she was last seen while Mrs Siriyom’s body was also plucked from the channel.

 

13 Apr 2018
6:01 pm

Officials arrested almost 60,000 drink drivers and seized 535 cars as well as 940 motorcycles on roads across the country on Wednesday and Thursday, Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order, told the media on Friday(Apr 13).

Of the 59,390 arrested drink drivers, officials decided to charge 38,546 alleged offenders of driving under the influence of alcohol in a risky way which may cause road accidents. Also 4,628 driving licenses of both motorists and motorcyclists as well as 1,475 vehicles, comprising 535 cars and 940 motorcycles were impounded.

Colonel Sirichan said that owners of the impounded vehicles could claim them back after the end of Songkran festival.

On Thursday alone which marked the official beginning of the Songkran festival, altogether 56,051 drink drivers were arrested, representing 20 times increase of the number of drink drivers caught on Wednesday.

The deputy spokesperson said that the authorities would to strictly enforce safe driving measure, especially on the main roads to ensure safety for the motorists, bikers and public transport commuters.

 

13 Apr 2018
5:33 pm

A female student of a university in Maha Sarakham has been fined 1,000 baht by Kalasin police after she posed naked for photo shooting on a bridge in Kalasin and one of the images was leaked on the social media, provoking a public uproar.

The 22-year old university student and her 23-year old boyfriend, also a student of the same university in Maha Sarakham, who took her photos, were nabbed by Kalasin police and questioned at the provincial police office.

The incident took place on the night of April 4 in the middle of Thepsuda bridge straddling over the Lampaodam in Kalasin’s Sahatkhan district.  It prompted Kalasin governor Kraisorn Kongchalard to order to police to investigate to find out the naked woman posted on the social media.

The police investigating team finally managed to track down the female student and to make the arrest together with her boyfriend.

The two students told the police during the questioning that they saw no one of the bridge and the male student took pictures of his girlfriend naked in the middle of the bridge.

They claimed that they were drunk and they took the pictures just for fun and didn’t know how some of them were leaked out on the social media.  They also offered a public apology, especially to residents of Sahatkhan district.

Police charged the female student with committing a shameful act by exposing her body in public – an offence liable to 5,000 baht fine.  But police decided to fine her 1,000 baht and released her as well as her boyfriend.

After the arrest of the two students, Kalasin governor reminded parents to closely look after their children and to warned them to stay away from alcohol.

 

 

13 Apr 2018
4:31 pm

Thailand’s upper parts as well as Bangkok and its peripherals are experiencing hot and up to very hot weather from today until tomorrow morning with maximum temperature rising up to 39-40 degrees Celsius, according to the Thai Meteorological Department’s forecasts today (Friday).

During April 15-18, the Weatherman predicted that the northern, northeastern, eastern and central regions would face freak summer storm characterized by thunder storm, strong wind, lightning and even hail storm.

The northeastern region will be first hit by the summer storm on April 15 followed  by the northern and eastern regions, including Bangkok, the following day.

On April 17-19, the southern region will face more rains while waves in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea will be moderate with waves in the Gulf averaging two metres high.

The hot weather which is blanketing the upper parts of Thailand was caused by low pressure cell while the southwestern wind brought with it humidity, resulting in thunder storm in the northern, central and eastern provinces.

In Bangkok, thunder storm is expected in 10 percent of its area with low temperatures ranging from 26-28 degrees Celsius and maximum temperatures ranging from 32-39 degrees Celsius.

 

13 Apr 2018
3:34 pm

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Friday officially opened the grand traditional Songkran festivities at Lumpini park with the offering of alms to monks.

The selection of the park as the venue to officially celebrate and hold Songkran festivities from past years at Sanam Luang was because it is large area and close to Silom road, an already popular destination for water splashing.

The BMA has turned the park into a retro Thai theme, which features traditional games and art.

Bangkok governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang in Thai costume led city officials and members of the public in the religious ceremony at the park where a bathing rite for 20 elders was also held simultaneously as today was not only the Thai traditional New year, but also the National Elderly Day.

The bathing rite was to foster gratitude and to show respect for the elderly people by the young Thai people.

The BMA has invited the people to the festivities as the Phra Buddha Sihing statue was moved from the Putthaisawan Throne Hall at the National Museum Bangkok to the park for the first time as part of Bangkok Songkran festivities.

The moving of the Buddha statute, one of Bangkok’s most important religious relics, from the museum to in front of the Rama VI Monument in Lumpini park for Buddhist Thais to pay respect, bathe and make wishes.

The grand Songkran celebrations, started yesterday will continue until April 15.

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Authorities asked people to celebrate Songkran at park on traditional manner.

They are advised against using powder, water guns, or drinking alcoholic drinks, and modest clothing and moderate use of water are recommended.

 

 

13 Apr 2018
12:21 pm

In just two days of the “7-day dangerous period” from April 11-17, a total of 99 people have been killed in traffic accidents, and 1,085 others injured.

Only in  the second day on April 12, 60 others died and 624 others were injured in 579 traffic accidents.

The Road Safety Centre said on Friday(Apr 13) that in two days, 99 people have  died, and 1,085 were injured in 1,026 traffic accidents happened on highways, secondary and rural roads nationwide.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the cause of deaths and injuries in the second day remained to be drink driving (42.83%), and speeding (24.35%), while motorcycles  were engaged in most accidents (78.84%).

He said most traffic accidents happened on straight sections of tambon rural roads (38.69%),  and of provincial  highways (37.65%), and most accidents  happened between 400pm-8.00pm.

He said most fatal traffic victims aged at 50 and over (26.17%).

Chiang Rai  recorded the highest accumulated  traffic accidents of 38 cases while Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Phetchabun recorded the highest accumulated fatalities of five  each in two days.

He said a total of 65,492 officials were put on traffic duties and 764,035 vehicles were called for checking with days.

A total 154,773 traffic violators were arrested –  43,464 of them for not wearing crash helmets and 42,609 for driving with no driving licences.

13 Apr 2018
11:39 am

Although the official 5-day Thai traditional New Year  festival began today (Friday) with Thai people across the country going to temples making merits, Songkran revellers continued exodus from the  capital to celebrate the events at their home provinces.

Highway police reported heavy traffic jams on several highways to the North and Northeast, particularly, Friendship, Asian highways and the Kanchanapusek ring road or known as Motorway 9 since yesterday until late today.

Highway police again advised motorists to use Highway 347 instead to avoid traffic snarls on Motorway 9, and the interchange at Bang Pa-in and  Phaholyothin.

Motorists in Bangkok using Phaholyothin road were advised to use Highway 347 via the intersection near Thammasart Rangsit university to avoid the heavily congested Motorway 9 exit to Phaholyothin road.

Highway police reported as long as 10 kilometre long traffic jam on Motorway 9 exit to Phaholyothin road.

Yesterday Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Oil Gen Sriwara Rangsibhramanakul flew in helicopter to inspect the traffic conditions on Phaholyothin,  Friendship, and Highway  304 (Kabinburi-Pak Thongchai) which  motorists used as alternative route to the northeastern provinces.

The aerial observation during the afternoon until evening found traffic flowing  smoothly on plain roads, except on slope sections of Highway 304 in Na Di district of Prachinburi.

A  20-kilometre-long traffic jam could be seen on this  highway as vehicles could not  use speed.

The traffic  condition remained unchanged today on this section.

Meanwhile  heavy traffic jam was also reported on  Friendship highway  to the Northeast, particularly at Lamtakong dam in Sikiew district of Nakhopn Ratchasima, the gateway to the Northeast.

More than  20-kilometre-long traffic jams was reported although highway police have arranged extra lanes of  10 kilometres long between Muak Lek district of Saraburi to Klang Dong in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima to ease congestion for outbound traffic, and  open a 26 km special traffic lane at Nong Sarai sub-district of Kahon Ratchasima to Klong Phai sub-district of Sikiew district, from kilometre marker 65 – 87 to facilitate traffic flow on the road.

The two steep sections on Friendship Highway and also  construction of the Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Ratchasima Hugh speed train project caused  traffic snarls of up to 10 kilometres long.

13 Apr 2018
11:07 am

12 Apr 2018
8:28 pm

Over 200,000 people left Bangkok by bus service of Transport Company at its three bus terminals at Chatuchak, Ekamai and Sai Tai (southern bus terminal) on Wednesday, said Ms Rapeepan Wannapinthu, assistant managing director of state-run Transport Company, on Thursday.

The last bus trip was at 1 am today and no passengers were left stranded at the three terminals, she said, adding that as for today (Thursday), a total of 7,697 bus trips for a normal of 6,028 daily trips had been made available to accommodate of up to about 140,000 passengers who are expected to travel home today to celebrate the Songkran festival.

Meanwhile, Mr Chirasak Yaowatsakul, managing director of Transport Company, said most of the passengers who would travel tomorrow (Friday) would travel to provinces which are not far away from Bangkok such as Saraburi, Ayutthaya and others.

Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, the national police chief, led a team of policemen to Chatuchak or Mor Chit 2 bus terminal to observe the situation and to make sure the bus service was smooth and the travelers were ensured convenience.